The coach of the Spanish basketball team, Sergio
Scariolo, he assured this Tuesday that he will dose Pau
Gasoline in the Games
Olympics, although the veteran pivot will have “enormous importance” in the team, which plays this Thursday against France on Malaga (19.30 hours) a new friendly preparatory to Tokyo 2020.
After conducting a first training session in the Malaga capital, to which the Spanish delegation arrived this Tuesday from Madrid, Scariolo stressed to journalists that the presence of Pau
Gasoline, on his return four years later to the national team and after two years of injuries, he will be of “enormous qualitative importance.”
The selector of Spain specified in the José María Sports Palace Martin Carpena that, however, he will have to “dose” the Catalan pivot and use him “in the correct way”, since he stated that Pau has shown “great performance” in shorter periods of time.
After having comfortably won the first two friendlies against Iran (96-53 and 88-61), the Italian coach indicated that Thursday’s match against France “It will be a change of toughness and brutal talent” with respect to the Iranian team, and said it will be a “tough” match and in which things that need to be “improved” will be seen.
On the adaptation of the new players in the concentration, he pointed out that they have fitted in “very well” and highlighted the work of Usman Garuba (Real Madrid) and Sergi Martinez (Barcelona).
“It is the work of many years with the lower categories,” he said. Scariolo, who also admitted that the Unicaja player Darío Brizuela “He has options” of being the final list for the Olympic event in Tokyo, although it will depend on “how the role is armed” in the escort position.
This Tuesday, in addition, the Spanish Basketball Federation announced two discards that will not continue with the team: center Sebas Saiz (Alvark Tokyo Japanese) and forward Sergi Martinez (Barcelona).
The Spanish men’s team will play its third friendly match in preparation for the Games
Olympics in the pavilion Martin
Carpena against France at 7:30 p.m. and then the women’s team, which is also training in MalagaIt will also do so on that stage and against the same rival (10:00 pm).
After his two triumphs against Iran and this first friendly against the Gauls, the team of Scariolo He will have two more friendlies ahead of him, as he will meet again with France in Paris and then with the United States in Las Vegas before facing the Games, in which he will debut on the 26th against Japan and then will play against Argentina and Slovenia.