Les Bleues, who will play the Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Thursday, are “on a mission” according to Jean-Aimé Toupane, the coach.
The French women’s basketball team is “on a mission» at the World Cup which she begins Thursday in Sydney against Australia and aims, despite a cascade of absences, to «wear the colors of the country very high“said his coach, Jean-Aimé Toupane, on Wednesday.
“From the start, we’ve said it: when you’re in the France team, when you wear the blue jersey, you have a heavy responsibility, you want to wear the colors of the country very high. We are on a mission. I have no doubt that everyone will do their bestdeclared Jean-Aimé Toupane to the press.
The coach “I hope“that the numerous absences due to injury which affected the team, including the withdrawal of Marine Johannès on Tuesday (after those of Miyem, Gruda, Duchet, Epoupa and Vukosavljevic), will lead the Bleues, bronze medalists at the 2021 Olympics, to “be much more united and perhaps surprise” the observers.
“I think we have nothing to envy to other nations, physically, technically and + basketball + speaking“, for his part revealed the pivot Ana Tadic.
“We know what level we can be. We will push to the maximum and we will see step by step where we are“, she continued, aware however that this young French selection “lacked collective experience“.
“This team has not yet lived long enough to find a symbiosis, an alchemy, which will be created, I think, during the championshipshe elaborated.
Jean-Aimé Toupane also hoped that his players will be “at the height of the event“Thursday against the host country, “a big test“.
“But I prefer (to) limit the play at the beginning, because often the settings are not (perfect). We have things to argue“Said the coach, for whom the”Opals” are “a relatively large team, inside and out, who play a lot on the move“.
He also said he was wary of “experienceby legend Lauren Jackson, who came out of retirement after nine years of absence in selection to compete, at 41, in a fifth World Cup.
“She’s not coming back just to please people. She has a lot of experience, the ability to play far and close to the basket. She is also a very good passer, so an important anchor pointfor the Australians, noted the coach.
Tadic, 8 years old when Jackson won the 2006 World Cup, was delighted to come up against Lauren Jackson in competition, whose performances she watched when she was younger. “There, we will play against her… I think she has kept all her qualities, even if she will perhaps play more on her experience. We have to be careful.»