Wednesday, August 4. 2:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. in the Canary Islands. The Women’s National Team faces the crucial crossing of Tokyo 2020 quarterfinals against France (Teledeporte and Eurosport). A game of maximum demand and “Maximum tension”, warns the National Coach, Lucas Mondelo. Spain arrives with a very good feeling after an immaculate group stage in which they defeated South Korea, Serbia and Canada. If he did the same with France, he would dispute his second Olympic semifinal after that of Rio 2016.
For this new appointment with history, the Women arrives as one of the best defenders of the tournament. A hallmark that allows you to run and give joy to the offensive game and that will be essential to try to stop the French power.
Astou Ndour, with 22.7 points per game, she lands in the quarters as the second highest scorer of the tournament. Although the pivot is well accompanied by Alba Torrens placeholder image Y Cristina Ouviña (second best assistant in the competition along with the American Sue Bird), who also exceed ten points on average. Players who are carrying the offensive weight of a team in which all the players contribute, as was clear with the stellar appearance of Maite Cazorla in the duel against Serbia. Laura Gil, adding in all areas of the field, and Silvia Dominguez they have also completed a very remarkable group stage.
Tokyo will be the first official match of the summer against France, although yes, both teams have played four friendlies in preparation. Two at the end of May, in Toulouse, and the double confrontation in Malaga and Paris. They are two teams that know each other perfectly, but those seen in those games will not set the dynamics. “We will be twelve players who in no friendly match were all”, Silvia Domínguez clarifies on the eve of her 195th international match.
A stellar duel between two teams that have marked the world basketball scene in the last decade. Two old acquaintances who meet to face the key “match” that will mark their future at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Lucas Mondelo: “We have to take the game to five by five”
“The team has a good feeling and is where it wants to be. The most important thing is how we are, but the equation also enters that France is a very physical team and is at an optimal point. It is going to be a game of maximum tension in which we will try to play our tricks and defend well so that they cannot run against us. The question is how they will respond mentally. From the outset, they will turn out well, but the point is that those ghosts are there (France has lost the last five EuroBasket finals, three of them against Spain). To get to them you have to be very tough mentally. You have to take the game to five by five”.
Silvia Domínguez: “What has happened so far is behind us”
“Emotionally we are fine. We are in the quarterfinals of the Games. You can not ask for more. France has gone from less to more in the tournament. It is a very physical team, but it is the game and we will try to offer our best version to win. What has happened so far is behind us because this match is the one that marks these Olympic Games”.
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