“Chicks lose the same ball…”: Vincent Coller’s bitter observation after France’s defeat against Spain at EuroBasket

The pill is still struggling to pass for Vincent Collet. Last Sunday, the France team lost in the EuroBasket final against Spain (88-76). In sparkling form, the “Roja” completely extinguished the Blues, who never managed to take the lead against their historical rival. Present at a press conference this Monday, September 19 the day after the defeat of France, Vincent Collet could only recognize the indisputable superiority of the Spaniards: “Unfortunately, we didn’t negotiate this match very well against a team that did it magnificently. In a match, there are two teams. We often think of ourselves, a little less of the opponents… But we must recognize that Spain was exceptional, they had their best match of the tournament on D-Day, that of the final, not us. There are inevitably regrets but you have to know how to accept losing against someone stronger than yourself. Yesterday (Sunday), the Spaniards were stronger than us.

During the match, France gave the impression of never having the capacity to dominate Spain. Vincent Collet then did not hesitate to compare his players to a team of “chick“, the category of children in sport, to highlight the shortcomings of its players during the final: “It’s not enough to be thorough or determined. You have to have all the other qualities to win against an opponent who had an exceptional match. We must pay tribute to them. It’s not easy for me, but objectively, they had a great game. In the 33rd minute, we are seven points behind and we have lost seven or eight chick balls. The chicks are the same ball losses … We also conceded five offensive rebounds compared to those we took. Just that, not to mention everything else.

Vincent Collet still hopes that this huge disappointment will allow French basketball to take a new step. In the meantime, the coach of the Blues is trying somehow to raise his head: “We don’t really get over it… Over time, it will pass, but for the moment, frustration prevails. Rarely have I been so dejected after a match for the France team. For example, it was not at all the same feeling during the first European final, in 2011.“At the time, led by a great Tony Parker, France was already losing to Spain (98-85). For this tournament of the year 2022, the Blues seemed, however, on paper, to have the ascending on the “Roja”: We had high hopes. Spain had never played at this level in the tournament and there was not necessarily a reason for this to happen. Especially since we are a team that rather prevents opponents from playing at their level. There, they are magnificently sublimated. It’s hard to swallow… We couldn’t do everything we wanted to do, they bothered us a lot. It’s complicated but it’s part of the sport and it’s often what allows you to bounce back… even if you don’t know it yet. Perhaps it is this kind of misadventure that will take us a step further.

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“Chicks lose the same ball…”: Vincent Coller’s bitter observation after France’s defeat against Spain at EuroBasket