Spain is facing France in the first of the consecutive duels that the team of Sergio Scariolo against the French team in their set-up to play the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed to this summer. The Spanish team aspires to win a medal in men’s basketball during the celebration of the Olympic Games and for this it must arrive at the best possible moment, since it also has a rather veteran list and that it needs the most filming on the track. possible for the gear to be fully operational.
The team trained by Sergio Scariolo had a pre-list of 18 players, but this Tuesday they were discarded Sebas Saiz and Sergi Martínez. With 16 players on the roster, they will have to be reduced to just 12 names when the Olympics arrive. The objective is to return to playing metal in one of the most complicated editions in history, due to the enormous restrictions and difficulties derived from the coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, this short preparatory tour is carried out to get to Tokyo in the best possible way.
Spain is on a tour of preparation of a total of five games, which began on July 3 and will be played in progress (at the level of toughness of the rivals), until the next day July 18. Every time this preparation of five friendlies ends, Spain will head to Tokyo for the start of the competition 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 match 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.
Those games against Iran have brought out one of the highlights of the Spanish team, their inside game. The presence of Gasol brothers, of the Hernangómez brothers and of Usman Garuba he is giving a lot of resources to the selection to attack the rival zone. In addition, the address of Ricky Rubio and of Sergio Rodriguez It gives a lot of imagination in the creation of the game, so Spain has many resources to be able to play a good role this summer.
This duel against France It puts into play the rivalry between the two countries, which could see faces in the access to the fight for the medals in Tokyo Olympics. Before two games await them, since after this they will be measured again in two days in Paris. It will be in the penultimate test for the selection before traveling to Las Vegas to measure up to USA, in which it will be the last preparation meeting for Tokyo.
In the Games, France It will be another of the great candidates in the fight for the medals. The presence of men like Nicolas Batum, Nando De Colo, Rudy Gobert, Thomas Heurtel or Vincent Poirier makes the French a powerful team and a good litmus test at this point for the Spanish team.
When do you play Spain – France?
The game is played today, Thursday, July 8, at 7.30 pm
Where to watch the Spain – France?
The encounter can be seen by Four, channel of Mediaset. You can continue in the game for the Mundo Deportivo website.