The forward of the Spanish team Víctor Claver confessed that the team, current world and European champion, is “doing well” that they do not count on their victory in the bets “and then surprise”, from the “humility” and the “ambition”, because this group “must be in the fight” for the medals and the final.
“(Humility and ambition) is the key to everything that has been achieved in recent years. Undoubtedly, start with humility, because otherwise you cannot work and respect your rivals, and then the ambition of wanting, from respect, to go and win everyone,” Claver told the media from the Triángulo de Oro Sports Center. , on the recipe to be among the candidates for the title in the World Cup.
The goal in the tournament, which takes place in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10, will be to “try to get as high as possible.” “We must be in the fight, get into the fight for the quarterfinals, semis, be there and, like every year, try to go all out. It is clear that it is a very open competition, with very powerful teams, and you have to earn it”, warned the veteran Valencia Basket player.
“It’s good for us that they don’t count on us and then surprise. But hey, it was also in the Eurobasket last year, in the World Cup four years ago, when we weren’t favorites either”, Claver recalled with some irony.
The forward highlighted the “chemistry” of Sergio Scariolo’s men as one of his “strong points” to compete against any team. “There are players with a lot of quality, many NBA players in other teams and that, a priori, always marks the level of the team. But other teams do not have the chemistry that exists in the Spanish team. We have to exploit it,” she explained.
And for this, the group atmosphere on and off the pitch is essential. “We all want to be there, we all want to contribute and we all get infected by what is lived here. Those of us who are more veterans have now learned it from those who were there before, and the young people who are entering, well, they also learn what ‘La Familia’ is from the first day and the respect there is for wearing the national team shirt”, he pointed out. .
“It’s a nice challenge, we know there’s a lot of work left to do, we have to start laying the stones on the road. We are eager, we are many now, we will try to help as much as possible so that things work as soon as possible, ”he added. Finally, Claver, who has accumulated 157 caps for Spain, acknowledged that he “always” has been “very excited to be with the national team.” “I’m glad to be here one more yearto try to also contribute from my experience, especially this year, that there are younger boys who have to learn what the national team is and how to live from day to day, contribute my grain of sand ”, he concluded.