News – EN – Vincent Collet presents the duel against Great Britain: “They are the most athletic team in the group with us”


“Very sincerely the first place of the group is still well engaged because the British would have to beat us by 24 points for we don’t have it, “said Vincent Collet at the press point this Sunday. Winners of Montenegro on Saturday (73-71), the French have already qualified for the European Championship (from September 1 to 18, 2022) “Victory is important but it is not vital I will share the playing time a lot more We want to continue our momentum”

Qualification gained, however, there is no question of taking the game against Great Britain as a friendly match “Because the national team is sacred and therefore everything is important”, recalls the technician from Sainte-Adresse (Seine-Maritime) “For me there is no such thing as a friendly or non-stakeholder match Even when we play matches before major international competitions, I call them preparation matches, not friendly matches”

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For the staff, it will be a question of starting to refine a pre-selection of 14, 15 players expected at the end of May “We will take the opportunity to observe some players for the rest and the Olympic Games this summer We know that there are still some positions to be filled if we can express it like that and some players in this window may be”

But Great Britain, victorious against Germany in the opening in Podgorica, will have more than one trump card And Marc Steutel’s men will also want to make up for the first leg in Pau (56-79) “They are the most athletic team in the group with ours,” said the coach of the Blues straight away. “Having seen the previous matches they really posed a lot of difficulty, both for Montenegro and for Germany athletically. We had really given them a lot of problems in the first leg in the first half because they could not rely on this athletic ability as they did in yesterday’s match (Saturday) or against Montenegro in Pau It will be important to answer this because it is really their number 1 strong point. When there was the draw, we never imagined seeing this team having so much consistency”

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In difficulty on post 5 with Jerry Boutsiele and Mathias Lessort, France will have to be wary of the best rebounder in the Turkish championship, Gabriel Olaseni, seen in Orleans in 2017 “This is one of the revelations of this group,” says Vincent Collet “He confirms match after match his quality With (Myles) Hesson and (Dan) Clark, the English have a domestic sector that really holds up Their rears, like (Teddy) Okereafor and (Luke) Nelson, are also punchy They have some surprising players”

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News – EN – Vincent Collet presents the duel against Great Britain: “They are the most athletic team in the group with ours ”
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