The Blues landed in Berlin on Thursday and took up residence in the German capital, where they play their round of 16 basketball Euros against Turkey on Friday afternoon. As luck would have it, Vincent Collet’s men shared their private flight from Cologne with Lithuania. Balts caring for those who pulled them out of hell and saved them from elimination by beating Bosnia (81-68).
But already, time is accelerating for the French, like the posters that echo the slogan of the euro Basketball – “Bring The Noise”, “Fais du noise” – all around the Mercedes Benz Arena, in near the remains of the Wall, and an advertising block displaying a countdown showing the hours and seconds remaining before the start of hostilities.
Among the questions that agitate the French camp, the still uncertain presence of its strong winger Guerschon Yabusele, one of the best players since the start of the competition (14.8 points), well supplemented by Amath Mbaye against Slovenia (13 points, 5 assists, 82-88). If the Federation indicates that the player is re-evaluated every day, and if the coach wanted to be reassuring after the last group match, we must consider the possibility of not seeing the Real Madrid player on the boards (discomfort in one thigh ) tomorrow. Three days separating the eighth from a possible quarter-final, saving the player would optimize the chances of seeing him again at 100%.
On another subject, following the virulent criticism formulated after the defeat against Slovenia by Vincent Collet, at a press conference, with regard to the referees, no sanction has yet been pronounced. FIBA Europe did not communicate, but if it did, it is likely that only a warning would be issued.