France, Germany In Favour Of Draw

18 November 2012

EUROBASKET 2013

Alain Koffi (France), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (Germany)
Likes his team's chances against France: Germany big man Jan Jagla

There will be a sense of déjà-vue for Germany and France when the two sides meet in their first game at EuroBasket 2013.

It will be the third time in a row that the two neighbours meet in the First Round of a EuroBasket.

In 2009 and 2011 the French held the upper hand in hard-fought games against battling Germans.

It is a fact that gives Germany big man Jan Jagla a positive feeling.

"Against France we are the underdogs but especially at the beginning of a tournament, we have proven to be able to put them in trouble," the post player told sports portal spox.com.

France head coach Vincent Collet likes France's chances of progressing from the Group, but already points to a possibly more difficult task in the Second Round.

"The conditions are more favourable than two years ago, but we have to monitor the composition of the German and British selections.

France head coach Vincent Collet
"We respect everyone but we fear no one," says France head coach Vincent Collet 

"The presence of their NBA players can dramatically change the situation.

"We should come out of Group A in the best possible position, since Group B contains some of the best basketball nations.

"We have ambitions, we have to be ready to go far. We respect everyone but we fear no one."

The other teams waiting for both Germany and France in Group A are Belgium, Great Britain, Israel and Ukraine.

"For sure this is not an easy group, but qualification to the next round is possible and must be our goal," states Jagla, one of the lynchpins in Germany's unbeaten qualification campaign.

"Against Israel, Belgium and the Ukraine we are the favourites and have to win, for Great Britain it is decisive who they will bring along."

Group A is staged in Hala Tivoli in the Slovenian capital city Ljubljana.


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