Sergio Scariolo, coach of the Spanish basketball team, said this Thursday after the team’s first training session in Japan, where it will debut on Monday at the Tokyo Games in front of the host, that the players are aware that the task “is going to be tough “, Although he was” happy “with the attitude shown by the group despite the difficulties.
“We know the formula, the rival is announced in a great state of form, so we are aware that the task is going to be tough,” said the Italian coach in a statement provided by the Spanish Basketball Federation, in which he summarized what is the status of the players a few days after their debut in the tournament.
“These are recovery days because we have had a major beating, a very long trip, a very laborious arrival in Tokyo, the coupling to the Olympic Village, the time change, it is really a phase in which we are especially interested in recovering physically and entering mentally little by little in the dynamics of the competition “, he summarized Scariolo.
Despite this, he stressed that in the first session in Saitama they completed “a good training” and was “happy” with the attitude of his men. “There are still days to start, but the awareness of starting well has to penetrate all players.”
The premiere of the group led by the Italian will be on Monday 26 at 9:00 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT) against the host Japan, and then he will play on Thursday against Argentina and on Sunday before Slovenia, his other rivals in Group C.