Barcelona, Aug 24 (EFE).- Pierre Oriola, 2019 World Cup champion and bronze in the 2017 European Championship with Spain, stated that “the mix of seniority and youth is going to be a bomb”, when asked at a press conference before the start of the World Cup which is held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia and begins this Friday.
“Even though there are generational changes, in the end the team is still up there. It is true that the United States is the great rival, despite not coming with the big names that everyone knows, but I think that the ones that exist right now are going to be the selection of the future and the rivals to beat, he declared.
The player, who on Wednesday signed a one-month contract with MoraBanc Andorra, highlighted that Spain has been demonstrating “many years” of not being in the pools but “when the decisive moment arrives, showing good Spanish basketball” and confessed that he trusts in which Asia gives us the third World Cup.
“Let’s hope that Asia gives us the third star and that the team can once again be world champions,” said the Catalan, who praised the experience of players like Rudy, Llull and Claver.
“The experience of Rudy, Llull or Claver can often help you. They are players who call a lot of weight, many championships, many titles,” he proclaimed.
Álex Mumbrú, champion of the first World Cup in the history of Spain in 2006, indicated that he “trusts a lot” in the team and warned that he is sure that “they will compete until the end.”
“We have great confidence in this Spain. We know it will be a difficult tournament, with casualties that can hurt us like Ricky (Rubio) and Lorenzo (Brown), but I am convinced that the team will compete until the end”, commented the Valencia Basket coach in a video.EFE