Spain is facing France in the second of the consecutive duels that the team of Sergio Scariolo against the French team in their set-up to play the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but this friendly, unlike the first, will be played on French soil, in its capital, Paris. The Spanish team aspires to win a medal in men’s basketball and there is no better preparation for the Olympic Games They have to face another of the powerful European teams that share aspirations and goals with the national team.
The team trained by Sergio Scariolo they face France for the second consecutive time, which they defeated in the first match 86-77. Spain is on a tour of preparation of a total of five games, which began on July 3 and which have increased in difficulty: today is the fourth of it, at the expense of the last to be played. Every time this preparation of five friendlies ends, Spain will head to Tokyo to play the Olympic Games on next day 23, since the opening ceremony will have already taken place and all the sanitary mechanisms imposed by the organization will be carried out.
Spain has already played against Iran on Valencia, which he crushed relentlessly by a forceful 88-61. The game was repeated days later in Madrid, on July 5. The selection did not give either option and won by 96-53. Sergio Scariolo He distributed the leading role in attack among his players, all with minutes, in a match in which he stood out Ricky Rubio with 10 points. During the week, Spain was superior to France, but the game was stained by the injury of Juancho Hernangómez, that due to a dislocation in your clavicle you will lose the Tokyo Olympics.
This second duel against France shows two teams that are tied in European basketball and that it could take place in the competition and in the middle of the dispute for the medals in the Tokyo Olympics. In addition to this friendly match, which takes place in Paris, there will be a last test for the selection, since it will travel to Las Vegas to measure up to USA, in which it will be the last preparation meeting for Tokyo.
Pau Gasol He will rest in this match, to get to Tokyo in the best possible way, since at 40 years of age it is necessary to know how to rest. In addition to the absence of Juancho Hernangómez definitively, for this game another player from the Barça, Alex Abrines, due to muscular discomfort.
Although the preparation matches are rotated without thinking so much about competitiveness, it cannot be ignored that, France It will be another of the great candidates in the fight for the medals. The presence of high-quality men, such as the Utah Jazz center, such as Rudy Gobert, the former San Antonio Spurs point guard,
Nando De Colo, Thomas Heurtel or Vincent Poirier, both of the Real Madrid, makes the French a powerful team and a good litmus test at this point for the Spanish team.
When is France – Spain played?
The game is played today, Saturday 10 of July, at 20.30 hours
Where to see the France – Spain?
The encounter can be seen by Four, channel of Mediaset. You can continue in the game for the Mundo Deportivo website.