After a group stage ended on the kneecaps with a defeat against Slovenia, the French team will have had a little more than 48 hours to prepare for this match, to prepare for a second Euro which is starting, a Euro now likely to end at any misstep. Come on guys, let’s just hope it’s not for today.
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The kind of razor-sharp match that can send players and fans alike in a cold sweat, the kind of match you don’t play dozens of times in your career. The obligation to be there, physically and mentally, individually and collectively, in attack as in defense. No more questions to ask, just put your heart and guts on the floor and at noon sharp (and live on TrashTalk) it’s on the floor of the Mercedes-Benz Arena that our Blues will have to do it, to continue their course and continue to dream of a European medal, one more. Three wins, two losses, that’s the results of the first round for Vincent Collet’s men, and a Euro which has so far given us as many fears as smiles. Using all that, telling yourself that in its five games France has always scored more than in the previous game, let’s assume that it’s a revving up, let’s say it’s reassuring if you please.
Opponent of the day? Not just anyone, this year even more than another. The identified danger of this team? There are two of them, if we assume that the starting point guard and absolute crack in Euroleague Shane Larkin is well on the way not to play, if we assume that Furkan Korkmaz is only a low- floor that cannot exist if we don’t redact it excessively, yeah we dare, yeah we expose ourselves. So the dangers? Cedi Osman, pronounced KD in selection, offensive leader of his team and to watch like milk on fire. Then (especially?), Alperen Sengun is only 20 years old but he has dominated his subject so much since the start of the Euro that we are wondering today how the Blue interiors are going to be able to stop him. Near and far, all in technique, Alperen started his leadership business with the Turks and could well do dirty in the next fifteen years and on the five continents, so we simply propose to the French team to push back his reign of a year or two by sending him back to his studies this afternoon.
The Blues precisely, and rotations which gradually become clear in the head of the Druid Collet. A backcourt of pit bulls with Andrew Albicy and Terry Tarpey, Evan Fournier on the wing, a Guerschon Yabusele who we hope has recovered from his little glitches to sink the racket and take a few shots from afar, then the beam Rudy Gobert under the circle, that’s for the five launched recently by the Coll ‘. Moustapha Fall seems to be back in top form and the duo of interior back-ups he forms with Vincent Poirier will have a big role to play today, Thomas Heurtel has once again become one of the best European leaders for a few games and will be released – be off the bench once again to shock the second Turkish unit, and soldiers Okobo, M’Baye, Luwawu-Cabarrot or even Maledon will have to maximize their contribution as soon as they set foot on the floor.
France : Andrew Albicy, Moustapha Fall, Evan Fournier, Rudy Gobert, Thomas Heurtel, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Theo Maledon, Amath M’Baye, Elie Okobo, Vincent Poirier, Terry Tarpey, Guerschon Yabusele
Turkey : Onuralp Bitim, Sehmus Hazer, Shane LarkinMelih Mahmutoglu, Sadik Emir Kabaca, Furkan Korkmaz, Cedi Osman, Ercan Osmani, Alperen Sengun, Sertac Sanli, Bugrahan Tuncer, Yigitcan Saybir
The journey of the two teams
- France – Germany : 63-76
- France – Lithuania: 77-73
- France – Hungary: 78-74
- France – Bosnia: 81-68
- France – Slovenia : 82-88
- Turkey – Montenegro: 72-68
- Turkey – Bulgaria: 101-87
- Turkey – Georgia : 83-88
- Turkey – Belgium: 78-63
- Turkey – Spain : 69-72
A terrible shock at lunchtime, on Canal Plus for subscribers. Tick tock, tick tock, another four hours to wait for the writing of these lines and the stomach is already tight. GO BLUES, GO.