“After the victory against Italy on Tuesday (100-68), you had more difficulty getting started against Belgium (success 90-71)…
We mustn’t cut corners: we were very focused against Italy because we weren’t satisfied with our match there (victory 78-77 AD in Bologna), we wanted to win in another way. This evening (Thursday), I think there was a certain form of complacency. Afterwards, we have a very young group. We are only four to have done several international competitions (Gobert, Fournier, Poirier and Heurtel).
Even Tim (Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot) and Guerschon (Yabusele), which are very important to us, discovered a final phase last year. They have never made a European Championship. The preparation is made for that. It would have been good if the Belgians pushed us deeper so that we understood that we cannot start the matches this way. The station wagon should put our ideas in the right place.
“What awaits us at the Euro is very tough. »
What is your assessment of these first four warm-up matches?
Preparations like that, it’s not easy, you win easily and it’s not a gift because what awaits us at the Euro is very tough. The upcoming matches, and in particular the one against the Czechs (August 24 at Bercy), it will be a very big opposition. They are in place and we know them (97-77 victory at the Olympic Games last summer). It will be a good test for us before the Euro. »