We will only have 10 players, but we are ready for Italy – Bagatskis

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The head coach of the Ukrainian national basketball team spoke about compositional problems before an important qualifying match for the World Championship.

The Ukrainian national basketball team is experiencing major personnel problems before an important qualifying match for the World Championship.

Our team had their first training session in Livorno, where on Thursday they will play the World Cup qualifier against Italy.

In this lesson, only 10 players appeared on the floor: defender Anatoly Shundel and forward Vladimir Konev did not go to Italy.

However, the head coach of the “blue-yellows”, Ainars Bagatskis, said that his wards are ready to compete with the hosts.

“We will only have 10 players, because for medical reasons not everyone is ready to play. The important thing is how we play and how good our basketball is. Everyone is ready to give everything in the match against Italy. Last year we played Italy twice. Those 80 minutes we really played well, somewhere around 60. That was enough to win the EuroBasket, but then we lost to them in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.

Italy has the advantage on his site, but we know why we came here and what country we represent, especially at the present time. We are ready for the fight,” said Bagatskis.

It will be remembered that the match Italy – Ukraine will be held today, February 23. The match will start at 22:00 Kyiv time. The Italian team has already reached the World Cup, and Ukraine needs to win to keep the chances.

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Source: korrespondent

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