Everything must be done to win

The head coach of the Ukrainian men’s basketball team, Ainars Bagatskis, spoke about the national team’s training camp before the 2023 World Cup qualification matches, in which our team will play against Georgia, North Macedonia and Spain in July.

Ao he said now 14 players are trainingwho must do everything to win, Ukrinform reports.

“We had a short gathering in Riga. The guys understood that there is serious competition in certain positions. I really liked their attitude towards work. The team always needs fresh blood. In Italy, excellent working conditions have been created – thanks to the Italian federation for this opportunity. We will try not to overdo it with loads, because it’s hot here. We have one intense and high-quality workout per day. We try to place the accents correctly, thinking about our game, but we are already thinking a little about what the Georgians are doing on the site.

I have 14 players at my disposal. We continue to develop the team, because we don’t have Bliznyuk, Lipovoy and Voynalovych with us. We think who will be the leader. I like the fact that the guys who are now in the team play hard, aggressively, but correctly. We have to play as a team and I would like every match to have its own leader. The players have a lot of patriotism, the guys constantly think about what is happening in Ukraine. We have a lot of desire, excitement, aggressiveness and patriotism, and it is important that we control this. So that we direct all this in the right direction, so that we do everything for the sake of victory. And I really want to hope that the arena in Riga will be full, and the audience will drive us forward,” said the head coach.

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As Ukrinform reported, on July 1, the Ukrainian national team in Riga will host Georgians, on July 4 they will play away with the North Macedonia team, and on July 7 in Riga they will meet with the Spaniards.

Standings in qualifying group G: Georgia – 7 points (after 4 games), Spain – 6 (3), Ukraine – 4 (3), North Macedonia – 4 (4).


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