Vincent Collet (after the victory over Italy): “We deserve this chance” to play a semifinal

Vincent Collet (after the victory over Italy): “We deserve this chance” to play a semifinal

Vincent Collet (after the victory over Italy): “We deserve this chance” to play a semifinal

Vincent Collet (coach of France, qualified for the Euro semifinals after the victory against Italy, 93-85 pts) : “Despite the scenario with the two missed shots by Simone Fontecchio, it was not the same game as Turkey (87-86 AD). Italy did not have the ball after the shots, like the Turks on Saturday, and we recovered before the last second. I think we started off well. We developed the defense we wanted. We weren’t giving them many open shots with our screen changes. Unfortunately, we continue to lose too many balls and this has given them the opportunity to stay in the game. Without that we could and maybe should have been +13 at rest.

They come back to minus seven and it’s not the same game anymore. In the third quarter, our level of aggression drops. They scored 31 points in this period. As in the previous game, the last quarter allowed us to regain our strength, to start stopping again. In the end, we remain the same. We make too many mistakes and help our opponent, but what cannot be taken away from us is our determination, even in difficult moments. We know we have to play better, but we are alive. We deserve this chance (play a semifinal), we have given ourselves the means. “

Thomas Heurtel (leader of the French team) “Our first goal here was to play for a medal today. (Wednesday), We made it. We will play to get on the podium. (On his performance, 20 points) My role in this team is to be an organizer. At the end of the game, our best player in attack (Evan Fournier) was on the bench (out for five fouls). I played with Rudy Gobert, Guerschon Yabusele, Terry Tarpey and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, who are not real players (to profile) creator, I have taken on my responsibilities and those who know me know that I am not afraid of them. “

Gianmarco Pozzecco (Italy coach): Congratulations to France who never gave up but I am very proud of my players. I can stop training tonight (Wednesday) or now, but what they did will remain. They showed amazing things in this competition. From day one, from the first training session, they have struggled to achieve their goals and everyone has to respect them. I suffer for my players, I really suffer. They deserved to keep dreaming. We showed the best basketball of this Euro. Simone Fontecchio (the Italian winger who missed two decisive free throws) will be a star of the NBA (just signed in Utah). He will probably not sleep tonight but he will also understand what he did in this Euro. To me she was by far the MVP. “

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