Are Asfael and Monaco still…
Are Asfael and Monaco more untouchable than last season?
“Yes, that’s for sure. These are two teams that have entered another dimension. The difficulty for them is to look good at all the tables, the Euroleague and the championship, especially for Monaco for whom Europe seems more important than the championship. Five years ago, it was imagining such numbers in the championship. The French are unimaginable. The arrival of Ukrainian investors in Monaco and Tony (Parker) investor in ASVEL, who is building on another record, puts these two formations on another planet.”
How do we explain the wave of the return of the big names, from Colo and Louverni to Asfel, Moormann to Monaco, Tilley to Chollet, and from Jackson to Nanterre?
“On different records. Kim Tillie is back in Cholet at the end of the tournament, it’s a chance for him to play again at home. It’s different than Nando’s coming to ASVEL. It’s not justified in the same way. There’s a goal in the Euroleague with his return or the return of Louverney and Moormann. They didn’t just come back to win the French championship.”
The fight for the top eight looks fiercer than ever…
“Behind the two teams mentioned above, in the top four, I can clearly see SIG Strasbourg who is definitely my revenge from previous seasons, with a big roster and a dimension taken by coach Lassi Tuovi. We can also imagine Boulogne-Levallois, with Winpanyama and a lot of youngsters, In the top four. After that, it’s the real rat race. Nanterre is very good too. With Halilovic they hit a solid hit. Borg managed to prepare very well. Freddy (Fauthux) will bring serenity, a lot of work and a lot of consistency. It remains to be seen whether He will have complete freedom in his choices because Borg is constantly being undermined by managing the extra sports that sometimes affect the athlete.However, Borg has all the means to appear in the top six. Le Mans, same, top 6, top 8, would make sense. They would be Avengers after a season wracked by injuries. »
Which team do you think could be the surprise of the season?
“There is a team I can’t wait to see, it’s Paris Baskett. They changed the coach and the sporting director with Amara Sy, it’s a new era that opens up for this club. I think this team has the perfect profile to surprise and play spoiler sports in the first half of the rankings with Ismael Kamagati who will take Another dimension, Johann Bejarin, this bet of youth, as well as Kyle Allman and Axel Topani. »
Nancy and Blois, promoters, do they have enough teeth to avoid the elevator?
“Especially Blois who will arrive hungry, a state of mind in survival mode to look for the victories necessary to sustain them. I imagine them as a real itch with a competitive workforce led by Tyler Johnson. It is also a perfectly organized club under Julian Monclar. Difference with Nancy is the state of mind. SLUC has a history, a proven track record of management, and more expectations.”
For Alain Bernier, is there a tough season on the horizon?
“When Eric Barczyke is somewhere, I get worried! When he was in Le Havre, I played with him two weeks before the tournament with Rouen, he only had four and a half players! Finally, he reached the Leaders Cup and play-offs. Eric has always been super efficient with this kind of The “commandos” teams, made up of seven experienced professionals plus two youngsters, including Enzo Scharvin, whom I fell in love with this summer with the U-20s. Again, I think Eric, who knows how to create a very clear hierarchy, with Well defined play and vocal leaders, he will manage to get the best out of this group.He always had 1-5 effective pivots, among the best in the tournament.Stockton is a safe bet and if Chikoko is in good shape and has a consistent season, he should do some damage Then there’s Audrey Sauette in the background with her dynamism and competitive spirit.Pau is a historic club and this Pau culture can also make a difference at some point.
Of course, the season will not be a calm river for a long time, but I am not worried, the maintenance job will be done. I’m more concerned about Voss and Rowan that we have to see, and Leportel must suffer too. Bao will be a little higher I think. »