Marco Belinelli: “Being back in the World Cup is a very big achievement”

Marco Belinelli
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Marco Belinelli talked about the upcoming Basketball World Cup and the opponents of Italy in the group stage.

Here is what the Italian guard/forward told FIBA:

On Italy competing in the Basketball World Cup: “Being back in the World Cup is a very big achievement. It’s a great competition, and I was on that 2006 team. We had a young team then, but we’ve always seen this as a great and important competition.

I think we have a good team. We’re ready to play. For sure, there are teams that people say are better than us, but at the same time, we are just focused on being better everyday, in every practice and in every game.”

On the opponents of Italy in the group stage (Serbia, Philippines, Angola): “We faced Serbia two times this summer, first in Greece and then a few days ago.

They have a great team, maybe one of the best or favorite teams in the World Cup. They have everything – good players and coach, but at the same time, we are not scared of nobody.

We need to take each game seriously. We’re preparing hard for the Philippines because they have a good team. They play well, run a lot and try to score easy baskets.

We just need to be ready against them from the first second of the game and do our thing. We just need to play Italy basketball, be aggressive, be positive and be confident.”

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