Llull: "The objective, the medals"

The Real Madrid point guard is ambitious and wants his third Olympic medal, although he acknowledges that "the competition will place us where we deserve."


The point guard Sergio Llull considered that the objective of the Spanish team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be "to try to be up and fight for the medals", since they are a team with "very ambitious objectives" that has three consecutive metals in the last Olympic appointments, although he clarified that it will be the competition that places them where they deserve. "The objectives of this group have always been very ambitious, and this year will not be different. The Games are a very difficult competition and more so this year they have changed the format and you have no margin for error, you have to be on top from the first day, but the objective is to try to be up there and fight for the medals, then the competition will place us where we deserve, "he said, after training this Thursday at the Wizink Center in Madrid.

The Balearic base of Real Madrid was "happy to be another year" with the national team, in which he has been since 2009 with four golds (one World Cup and three Eurobasket), one silver and two bronzes in his private showcase, and gave his opinion that they are working "very well", despite having "a shorter concentration" than other summers. Of those medals, Llull has two Olympic, silver in London 2012 and bronze in Rio 2016, among which he has no preference. "I keep both, I can't choose one," he said. "They are just as difficult to obtain and because we are privileged, for having played two Games in my case and having won a medal in both," he added.Among these 18 players, from which the 12 will be on the final list - already complete after the return of power forward Pierre Oriola after a few days of isolation due to close contact with a positive - there are several mixed generations, from Pau Gasol to his 41 years at 19 of Real Madrid pivot Usman Garuba. "There are many generations together in the team, that is a good sign, because the older ones, as they did with us, continue to show us the way, the younger ones try to instill those values in those who are even younger, and those who have just finished driving license, learning very fast. There is a future and a long time in the national team ", said Llull.

The Menorcan guard will assume the captaincy at his club, Real Madrid, after the retirement of Felipe Reyes. "We are going to miss him a lot, but on the other hand proud to be the captain of Real Madrid. I have said it many times, I have learned from the best that Felipe is, I will try to be at his height, wanting to face the season that comes and to fight for the objectives that we set ourselves, "he explained. The Whites have experienced a lot of shocks this season, such as several injuries and several players who have gone to the American NBA. "When you have so much experience you cannot stop learning and trying to overcome difficult moments in the best possible way. Unfortunately this season we have done a master's degree in that, in overcoming ourselves, now we have to change the chip and think about the national team" concluded.

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