Dario Gjergja wants 2 wins in the Eurbasket Qualifiers:”When you play for your country, you can’t play relaxed”
Dario Gjergja, the Belgian Lions coach, knows that a victory against Denmark on Saturday would ensure Belgium’s first place in Group C, and therefore a qualification, 5th in a row, for the Eurobasket 2022, but the coach did not want to hear that the second match against CzechRepublic on Monday is played in a relaxed way. These last two qualifying matches are played in the Vilnius bubble in Lithuania where 15 Belgians have been gathered, including Ismaël Bako, exceptionally released by his ASVEL club despite his Euroleague obligations, and Maxime De Zeeuw. Vincent Kesteloot, tested positive for the coronavirus, had to be ruled out.
“I will not give my 12 players against Denmark until tomorrow evening. Above all, we will have to show a good mentality and develop a very good, aggressive defense. From the first minute to the last minute. There will be constant changes in defense, we will have to be ready for that. It is difficult in these times. to prepare, it will be necessary to be reactive. “, said coach Gjergja
We will not be relaxed until Monday evening with the qualification in our hand.Dario Gjergja
With a win against Denmark, the Lions will be qualified before the last game on Monday. “But whatever happens, we are not going to play relaxed against the Czech Republic. We will not be relaxed until Monday evening with the qualification in our hand. We have to finish beautifully, it’s important for our image. When you play for your country, you can’t play in relaxed mode”.”
I grew upIsmael Bako
The Belgian coach can count on Ismaël Bako inside. The former Antwerp player, released by his Euroleague club, has not played for two years for the Belgian Lions. “I gained experience, I grew up, it’s good to see everyone again,” Bako said. “I did not expect at all to be released by ASVEL. After training in Villeurbanne, I was told that there was an option for me. I spoke about it with Jacques (Stas, the manager) and we decided that I would come. It’s nice and I’m grateful to my club, because I’m going to miss the Euroleague duel against Bayern.
“We have to focus on ourselves and our qualities. We have to play our game and play our defense to win this match, it doesn’t matter if Lundberg is there or not “. As revealed, Lundberg will not play with Denmark.