The President of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa, and the President of the COE, Alexander White, have visited the Women’s Selection in his last training session before heading to Toulouse, where Lucas Mondelo’s team will play its first two preparation matches against France on Sunday May 23 (5:45 pm, one less in the Canary Islands) and Monday May 24 (16 : 05 hours). Both matches can be followed live on Teledeporte.
Both Garbajosa and Blanco have addressed a few words of encouragement at L’Alqueria del Basket to the players of the National Team and to the coaching staff headed by Mondelo. Spain has an exciting summer ahead of it with two major challenges. From June 17 to 17 he will play in Valencia the Women’s EuroBasket, appointment in which it has won the Gold in the two previous editions (2017 and 2019). Weeks later, the National Team will face the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8. La Femenina won the Olympic Silver in Rio 2013.
At the same time, Lucas Mondelo Y Laia Palau They have attended to the media to offer their impressions of the first two friendly preparatory meetings.
Lucas Mondelo: “We only think about the EuroBasket”
The coach of the National Team indicated that the fact of facing two competitions can be hard on a mental level, since there is a great emotional load due to covid-19 and the competitive load. However, “you have to take things as they come and try to find solutions where problems appear”.
“We only think about the EuroBasket, we want to do our best and grow and when it happens, we will already think about the Olympics, which are going to be very tough”, He stressed.
Laia Palau: “Our formula of humility has always worked well for us”
The captain of the national team pointed out that the team tries to “train as well as possible” to reach the EuroBasket in the best shape and to acclimatize the new pieces of the group as quickly as possible. “The youth have made a wonderful league, they are adapting because we have a very consolidated style of play after many years working together”.
Palau commented that being the last European champions implies that rivals redouble their efforts and therefore, the National Team must continue “with the formula of humility” that has worked so well in previous tournaments. “Playing at home involves more responsibility, but it also brings energy and enthusiasm”He added.