Ethe Spanish basketball coach, Sergio Scariolopointed out this Monday that in front of North Macedoniahis rival next Friday in the match corresponding to the first qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup, it is “essential” to start “with a high defensive level.”
“You have to start with good defense to be able to protect ourselves a bit from nights of little success in the shot”, added the coach of the Spanish team who has carried out his first training session to face this match in the pavilion Prince Philip of Saragossawhere the match will be played.
Scariolo analyzed that Macedonia is a team.”with shot, with big ones that open to shoot and with speed” and recalled that in the match played in Skopje, Spain had very good moments, but also others in which their rival put them “in great difficulties”.
The coach of the Spanish team pointed out that they will return to the competition “with the illusion of always” and pointed out that it is a first step in a long summer in which they will have many important games and commitments.
“We are eager to ensure qualification for another World Championship and to check the improvement of the players, the evolution of the youngest, of those who return from injury and to be able to have a projection towards the August call when we will prepare the European Championship in September”, he explained.
The coach recalled that Spain is not classified for the World Cup and that they have to add “many more wins“.
“I don’t know how many but the ones we have are not enough and we must also try to progress in the set-up. This game has an impact on the competition, back together with the players who have already been part of the national team and then we will have two very complicated away games”, he warned.
In this regard, he added that the second phase “start now because at the end of August it is already the second phase“, so they will close “the first one in the best possible way”.
He also pointed out that all the games count, not only for the classification but to have data and feelings from all the players.
Sergio Scariolo analyzed that with the departure of the selection of players who have marked an era “the talent goes down and you can’t fool anyone” but that, at the same time, the values of “cohesion, altruism, generosity and sacrifice of individual statistics for the benefit of the collective good” They have to continue because he considers that it is the DNA of the selection. “It is our identity and those values are non-negotiables,” he stressed.