The Blues don’t even have time to dream. The French team was upgraded to the final of Euro 2022 by Spain (88-76), Sunday September 18, in Berlin. So it is necessary to wait a little longer before seeing the Fournier-Gobert generation win a gold medal, after the Olympic silver and the two world bronze medals. Facing Spain, Vincent Collet’s players may have regrets, because there is something better to do. Try to explain this disappointing loss.
The missing balloons, the French evil
This is the great weakness, recognized by all, and the first of the Blues themselves since the beginning of the preparation for this European championship. But until the final, they will not be able to correct this miracle of losing the balloons in the number of the industry. The worst country of this Euro in the field, France unfortunately is in its standards against Spain with 19 “turnovers” (against 9 of their opponents). The most encouraging figure is the Spaniard’s ability to punish each hexagonal error with surgical precision, without however benefiting from many counter-attacks. The European champions scored 35 points after a stray French ball. This gave 14 shots more than France, and as many bullets to punish him.
Spain scored 40% of these points after French stray balls.
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Leaders with holes
Rudy Gobert said at the start of the competition, he needs to do more for France to compete with the best teams in Europe. This Sunday, the tricolor pivot is almost gone. The defensive fortress of the Blues was useless in the face of many opposition attempts on the outside. And when the battle got closer to his territory, he was beaten time and time again by jealousy, with Spain finishing with eleven offensive rebounds. And the player in Minnesota – as always – is used very little for his attacking size, in some situations where he only finishes, not creates.
The traditional attacking leaders of the Blues ended up with statistics that were true to their habits. But Evan Fournier (23 points), Guerschon Yabusele (13 points) or Thomas Heurtel (16 points, 7 assists) are more dangerous in the series. The Iberian armada still needs to be doubted.
The Blues stifled Spain’s rhythm
It is said that Spain is less talented, less athletic, less in almost everything compared to many hours of its extraordinary season in 2010. Only our neighbors in the Pyrenees remain unchanged in one important point: their background. the pronunciation of their collective rules, their tempo. It is a TGV that leaves on time and arrives on time, without deviating from its route. To hope to disrupt it, it is futile to try to derail it. But he had to be forced to change his pace, to overheat his engine. And the Blues did little.
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In the first period, Sergio Scariolo’s men used their coach’s plan to perfection, stretching the French defense as much as possible to loosen his grip. The Blues were not able to adapt this strategy until it was too late, only starting their game with a disbursement of 21 lengths (47-26, 17’30”).
Too much fluctuating intensity
There are no miracles in every match at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. After two robberies in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, Vincent Collet’s men this time fell short of their dream comeback. They experienced an air gap again, this time from the start of the game, instead of the third quarter like in the first part of the competition. But this lack of aggressiveness during the first 17 minutes caused a lot of damage to the Tricolores, who were desperate and seemed to have no answer for a long time.
On the other hand, Spain is celebrating and seems galvanized. Full of confidence, the Iberians ignited from outside shooting, making 9/15 three-pointers in the first half, including six for Juancho Hernangomez alone in ten minutes. At the ropes, France has the merit of responding with pride and thanks to some tactical changes. He even made a 20-2 straddling in the second and third quarters to turn the clock back to five units. But before being able to continue this step.
Juancho Hernangomez with his best game in a Spanish jersey when it is the most important
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