Spain will be measured against the powerful American team that, however, has shown that it is ‘deadly’ / h2>
The The Spanish team will face the United States in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, on Tuesday 3, according to the result of the draw that took place this Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena.
The The winner of the match will face the winner of Australia-Argentina in the semifinals. The remaining quarter-final matches are France-Italy and Slovenia-Germany, the winners of which will meet each other in the semi-finals.
The pivot of the Spanish team Marc Gasol explained after the defeat against Slovenia (87-95) that his rival found “solutions” to the defenses raised by the Spanish team and “some” they gave themselves with errors.
“The other team plays, plays very well, they have been patient, they have found solutions, some of them we have given them with easy points, rebounds and counterattacks, but it is sport, losing also happens”, explained Marc Gasol after the match at the Saitama Super Arena.
For the interior of Los angeles lakers the key to the game were “small details.”
“When we had the game more or less controlled, controlling rhythm, defenses, defensive balance and rebound, they hurt us. We tried alternative defenses with players out of position, not the rotations that we are used to, and they have done a good job. finding the correct players and positions, to learn and to the next, “he analyzed.
Before knowing that he would be his rival in the tie, Marc Gasol considered the North American team “one more rival”.
“He is one more rival, if the United States touches us, the United States touches us, we will prepare the game at the highest level as always, as a few rooms require,” he settled.
The four quarter-final matches will be played on Tuesday, August 3, in this order: Slovenia-Germany, United States-Spain, France-Italy and Australia-Argentina, according to FIBA.
The semifinals will be on Thursday 5 and the final on Saturday the 7th at 11.30 local time (04.30 CET / 02.30 GMT), while the match for the bronze will be at 20.00 local