After the defeat in the final of the Olympics against the USA, Vincent Collet displayed some regrets before focusing on the bright future that awaits the France team.
It was the meeting of a lifetime, and they responded, even if it was not enough. A match almost up to expectations, because the France will not have achieved the feat of beating Team USA a third consecutive time. Opposite, the Americans have settled the sights, in particular thanks to Kevin Durant author of a masterful performance. On the French side, the few mistakes made were expensive. Asked after the meeting, Vincent Collet did not hide his disappointment, while pointing the finger at the bright future that awaits the Blues.
“We need to be better, because we want to win”
” I’m disappointed with the result but at the same time I’m proud of my players, of what they showed, not just in this game, but in the whole tournament. We fought from the first to the last minute against Team USA. We played with heart and intelligence. Our goal, after the victory against Slovenia, was to win this game. We knew that the United States would be the favorites, that they were still the best team in the tournament, but we also knew that in a match, anything was possible. Our role was to push them as far as possible in this game. Unfortunately, we made a few small mistakes in the third quarter. We changed our way of playing, and committed some very damaging ball losses, because they were immediately punished by the opposing defensive aggressiveness. This is what is preventing us tonight from pushing the United States even further to its limits. This first Olympic medal in 21 years is a great satisfaction. The future looks bright. The Olympics remain the major competition in basketball, and we have seen that the Americans sent a big team. But all this must make us even more demanding. This is the mentality of this group. We must continue to work, use this pain. We need to be better, because we want to win “, Said the French coach in remarks reported by The team.