Credit: Hellenic BF
Credit Hellenic BF

Following the dominant performance in Athens, Greece had to bow down against Spain in the second friendly game between the two European powers.

Behind the latest defeat, the Greek national team coach Dimitris Itoudis evaluated his players' performance and stressed the details that need to be fixed in order to succeed next time.

"We lost the first three quarters by one point and the fourth period by four. But we missed 12 free throws that play a role in a close game like this. We had some good stretches, but that's not enough. We were quite nervous and didn't have the communication that this level requires. We try to become a team day by day.

As we become a group, we will be able to talk further. We have a lot to fix now. Like the rebounds, Spain had 17 second chances and that breaks your morale a little bit," said the Greek mastermind.

Itoudis also touched on the injury situation in the team regarding three key players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Sloukas, and Georgios Papagiannis.

"We already have some good news about Sloukas and Papagiannis. Our doctor is best suited to talk about this," stressed the coach. "Giannis had a swelling knee and discomfort in his ankle, so we did not take a risk. I think that after a couple of days off, which are necessary, he will be ready to play."

Greece will welcome Poland in the next friendly game on August 17 at OAKA Arena.

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