Guest of Basket Time on RMC, Vincent Collet reacted to the words of Adrien Moerman, the strong winger of Efes Istanbul, who was not selected to play the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The coach of the France team understands the frustration of the 33-year-old and explains his choice.
A coach is always disappointed, by definition. Vincent Collet has just had a serious reminder with Adrien Moerman. The strong winger of Efes Istanbul was not selected to play the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8). And he doesn’t hide his frustration. After the coronation of his club on Sunday in the Euroleague, the 33-year-old even said in L’Équipe that he was done with the French selection. By tackling Collet for his lack of communication and empathy towards him.
Guest of Basket Time on RMC, the coach of the Blues reacted to these comments. With a fairly conciliatory tone: “I understand his frustration. We know that all these players are champions, who have a lot of ambition and it is obvious that the Olympics are part of it. It is understandable. But that would have been the same for the player who would not have come if I had taken Adrien. “
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Collet also explained the reasons why he decided to do without Moerman. “It is simply a choice of coach, slips the coach of 57 years. I will not give you all the criteria which led us, with the staff, to make this choice. But I can give you two. . The first is that of anticipation. At the 2019 World Cup, we had players who gave satisfaction. And inevitably, they started in our minds with a little head start. And then the second point, which is the most important in my opinion, it is the way in which we want to use Nicolas Batum, namely to move him more and more to station 4. “
Despite his incendiary exit and the announcement of his end of his international career, Collet did not rule out Moerman from his future plans. “In the French football team, we have seen how many consecutive campaigns Benzema was not there, he recalls. I think we have to let a little time pass. We will see, but definitively dismiss a player , this is not my way of doing things “.