Sebas Saiz and Sergi Martinez yesterday became the first two discards of coach Sergio Scariolo in the working group that prepares the Games
Olympics. The Spanish team has thus reduced the number of players in this phase of filming from 18 to 16, which leads them to face more demanding tests in the coming days.
The interior of the Chiba
Jets Japanese and the eaves of the Barça, who debuted with the senior team in the first two friendlies against Iran, left a group that traveled yesterday afternoon to Malaga, where tomorrow Thursday they will play the first of the two friendlies scheduled against France.
Scariolo He explained that the tightness of the concentration times and the prevention protocols against the pandemic established by the International Olympic Committee force him to “accelerate the selection of the players with more urgency than usual.”
“I want to thank Sebas Y Sergi for this work week. They have confirmed to us that they are important members in the future of this group. Not only have they helped train very well, with intensity, freshness and good spirit, but they have also shown that they can play and are very interesting players for the future ”, explained the Italian coach.
Spain now has three friendlies ahead of them before facing the appointment of Tokyo. He will initially face France this Thursday in the Martín Carpena of Malaga and will repeat against the same rival on Saturday in Paris. Later he will travel to the United States to participate in a trial against the United States in Las Vegas.
With twelve to Tokyo
The current group of 16 players is likely to stick around in these early games or even with a view to the Las Vegas event. What is clear is that for the final trip to Japan Scariolo You must reduce the group to 12, always considering some possibility of possible relief due to injuries or positives for Covid. You just have to remember what happened with the women’s team in the Eurobasket after the cases of contagion of Alba Torrens and Tamara Abalde.
In any case, Spain faces this final stretch of preparation with good feelings after the two resounding victories against Iran achieved in Valencia Y Madrid (88-61 and 96-53), with distribution of responsibilities and a good level of the youngest who aspire to occupy some of the positions that may raise doubts on the list. The level offered by players like Alberto Abalde, Usman Garuba, Darío Brizuela or Xabi López-Arostegui It augurs them some possibilities of appearing on the definitive list for which it seems that there may be about ten “fixed” ones.