World Cup – In the eyes of the coach of Serbia, Canada is simply the best since the start of the competition.
If Germany is the last undefeated country in this world Cup (6-0), to the point of being considered by Steve Kerr as ” the best team in the tournament », Svetislav Pesic he prefers to side with the Canada when revealing the name of the selection that has particularly impressed him since the start of the competition.
« In my opinion, we are going to play against the best team in the World Cup “, estimated the Serbian coach, on the sidelines of the semi-final against the teammates of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. ” Germany are the only team to reach the semi-finals without losing once, but they showed what we all expected. Canada are a complete package, when you look at their defense and the way they play. He is coached by a European and his influence is clearly visible. He plays differently from Team USA, he has adapted a little more to the FIBA rules, in any case better than the Americans. »
Imperial in the first round in the pool of France, Latvia and Lebanon (3-0 and +111 differential), Canada was then surprised by Brazil in the second round, before all the same winning a “round of 16” of all dangers against Spain. A success that boosted the confidence of the men of Jordi Fernandez, victorious in the quarter-finals of Slovenia Luka Doncic, with authority.
Serbia as a perfect outsider
In the shadow of the sparkling Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of course, the Canadians are making a strong impression, in an “NBA-referenced” system that is sure to give Serbia a hard time.
« We know Canada is a fantastic team that plays small ball
», analyzed Svetislav Pesic. « They start with two big guys, but then they go exclusively to small ball, with four players on the outside and only one inside. They do it very well, it’s NBA basketball and it’s not new, but it will be important to organize ourselves well, distribute the roles well and know who will defend against whom. The most important thing will be to stop their attack in transition, where they are excellent. They are all very good players, forwards and defenders, with very good stats on their NBA teams. »
Still, the coach’s praise is perhaps also a way for Serbia to continue to advance masked, because we remember that Svetislav Pesic had also praised the ” solid » Lithuania to « outstanding basketball “, before finally giving a lesson to the latter with the “Orlovi” in the previous round…
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