Lucas Mondelo: "The mentality of the team is to make history"

The coach attends the media in the team's penultimate training session at the WiZink Center. The goal is to "compete" and "be happy," he says.


The coach of the Spanish women's basketball team, Lucas Mondelo, declared that the team's mentality for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is "to make history if we can" and that, after EuroBasket, "the players have been thinking that this it is past ".

Before the start of the team's penultimate training session at the WiZink Center (Madrid), Lucas Mondelo addressed the media. "In terms of attitude, the team has always been magnificent, what happens is that the blows hurt. I expected them to come a bit slowed down or with doubts and it has been the opposite, they have been thinking that this is past and that we are going to make history Yes, we can. That's the mentality of the team, "he said.

In spite of everything, for Mondelo the main objective in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is to "compete" and "be happy" .

"The team has worked fantastically and everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. I do not want to justify myself, we have always been at the top and we have competed in all the games," he added in relation to Eurobasket, where Spain was out of the medals and he couldn't get his ticket to the World Cup next year. The only way that remains to obtain a place for the World Cup event is by obtaining the Olympic gold, for the United States as the favorite.

The coach spoke of the importance of the unity of the group for the Games: "The important thing is that the team is well, very united. We will need a point of luck that we have lacked but that we have had on other occasions, everything is there We have to be able to continue competing and be happy, which is surely the little piece that we need to give a scare ".

The national team faced France in two friendlies to prepare for the Games with a balance of one victory and one defeat: "The friendlies against France have served to unite the group. Between injuries and casualties due to COVID-19 the team has lacked that cohesion. It has served to show that we really could have won a medal in the European Championship because we played very well. It seems that there is a clear evolution on our part ".

"For us the march is going, we like the public. It will be a bit sad, it is a great shame for the public not to see that show and especially for the players who have worked so long to enjoy that moment, but hey, you have to adapt or die, "he commented on the recent confirmation that there will be no public in the pavilions.

Regarding the renewal of the team, Mondelo stated that the team is "under reconstruction": "There are many players who have rope for a while. People are entering with great force who have to finish settling but it will be very good for them to play Eurobasket Olympic Games to make that leap in quality and have a selection for a while. In addition, there are people with a lot of quality who have not yet entered but who will enter ".

Tomorrow will take place the last training session of the national team, which will head to the Japanese capital next Saturday, the 17th. In today's training the internationals made plays combined with space in the attacks to practice defense and ended with a match.

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