In the heart of the Grand Hotel Esplanade, a few kilometers west of the defunct Berlin Wall, on Sunday evening the Blues video room was transformed into the headquarters to observe the future opponent in the quarter-finals of the Euro. Cut off by a few players like Rudy Gobert, in an interview, and Terry Tarpey, in the family, the Blues witnessed the Italian feat against Serbia (94-86), synonymous with reuniting with the Azzurri tomorrow (17:15) . , in a favorite costume.
“We also saw Greece-Czech Republic (94-88, difficult victory for the Greeks) and we can see that being a favorite means nothing more in these merciless matches when we look at how Italy has completely overtaken the Serbs.Andrew Albicy replies. Wounded in the thigh, the Gran Canaria leader was absent during the two preparatory matches against the Italians. Two victories: a limited success in Bologna (77-78, pt), on 12 August and a trip to Montpellier (100-68), on 16 August. “All that has passed. Italy is no longer the same team, they are ultra safe and after the victory their head is in the clouds. “photo strong winger Guerschon Yabusele.
The Blues must limit the losses of the ball
After yesterday’s training, the Olympic runners have hammered home their watchword: to break the opponent’s euphoria. A mission impossible if the Blues do not limit the losses of the ball (21 against Turkey!). To anchor him in the minds of the players, Vincent Collet and his staff introduced an additional rule during the opposition. “For each loss of the ball, the responsible team loses one point”, smiled Yabusele, who misses the last ball of the training: a rebound pass intercepted after a well contained drive.
The action served Collet to beg his men not to “Try impossible things”. But it also allowed us to admire Yabusele’s newfound explosiveness. Spared by the Slovenes (82-88) after a thigh alert, the strong Real Madrid winger found ground against Turkey. “From a physical point of view, everything is fine”, assures “the Bear”. How to interpret his exit – final – three minutes from the end of the third quarter against the Turks? “I think it was the manager’s choice”indicates Yabusele, then replaced by Amath Mbaye who had launched the tricolor revolt as soon as he entered the game.