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“It was nice and special to see everyone again after this perfect summer for us,” said Vanloo, who exchanged French Montpellier for Turkish top club Galatasaray in September. “The automatisms have of course not disappeared. We continue to build, we want to get even better. We are here with the right focus and want to win every match.”
Poland is the first opponent of the Cats on Wednesday (8:30 PM) in the qualifications for the 2025 European Championship. They will be happy to grab the scalp of the brand new European champion. “The coach said yesterday that we are a target. Every team wants to beat the European champion. The opponents will want to play the match of their lives against Belgium. We will have to be extra focused. Poland is a good and solid team with a lot of experience. They also have some good shotters. It is a real basketball country.”
On Tuesday it was announced that Rachid Méziane has extended his contract with the Cats until 2028. Julie Allemand thinks that is a good thing. “He deserves it if you look at what he has already achieved,” said the playmaker. “He transferred his energy to the group and gave a lot of confidence to players who had some doubts. We have a great group, which has a very good relationship with Rachid. That bond between coach and players may not have existed to that extent before. “I hope he will help us win medals.”
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