The 'Warriors' want to grow more without 'pressure'
The women's handball team, with no chance of reaching the semifinals of the European Championship, faces France, the current Olympic champion
MADRID, 15 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish women's handball team will put an end to their participation in the European Championship of Slovenia, North Macedonia and Slovenia this Wednesday (8:30 p.m./Teledeporte) with a highly demanding match against France, against which only He is playing the possibility of extending his stay in the appointment to fight for fifth and sixth place.
Montenegro's victory over Romania on Tuesday put the hosts with six points and now, like the French, who have two more, unattainable for the 'Warriors', who without that 'pressure' will try to achieve a prestigious victory by the entity of the rival that gives them options to play one more game to gain experience.
Spain has gone from less to more in this tournament and only small details have prevented it from aspiring to something more until the last day. The hard defeat against Romania did not end up affecting a team that had many options against the Netherlands, reaping a draw that already presaged that the road to the fight for the medals was closing.
Now, that improvement has to be confirmed against a very powerful rival at present such as France, one of the most regular teams in the last big events since it is the current Olympic champion and runner-up in the world and Europe. In Tokyo, she only lost two games, one of them precisely with the Spanish team (28-25), with whom she has experienced very close matches full of emotion and drama in recent years.
In this European Championship, the team led by Olivier Krumbholz, who has won everything, has shown himself to be very solid, especially defensively, with a lot of physical power, which will require a patient game and good elections for the Spanish, who will have to also undertake their usual back-breaking work.
"A very complex match awaits us, but one that must be faced with the same guarantees as the previous ones. The two days of rest that we have had help us to face this clash against France in the best way. We know that the rival is going to demand of us a lot and that France is, along with Norway, perhaps the great favorite to stand in the European final", recalled the coach José Ignacio Prades in statements provided by the RFEBM.
The coach from Alicante is clear that they are going to speed up their options "to the maximum" and that they must "play a serious and disciplined game" in order to "be as high as possible in the standings." "The team has been growing and improving, competing in every game and has given good feelings in terms of its ability to rebuild itself, work and sacrifice. I hope it shows its face again and that we compete face to face in France", sentenced.
FRANCE: Darleux (P), Andre (P), Toublanc, Coatanea, Valentini, D.Lassource, Zaadi, Sercien, Flippes, Kanor, Horacek, C.Lassource, Edwige, Foppa, I Minko y Ondono.
SPAIN: Nicole Wiggins (P), Maddi Aalla (P), Carmen Fields, Esther Arrojeria, Lara Gonzalez, Shandy Barbosa, Almudena Rodriguez, Irene Espinola, Paula Arcos, Jennifer Gutierrez, Soledad Lopez, Paula Valdivia, Maitane Etxeberria Kaba Gassama, Lysa Tchaptchet, Alba Spugnini and Sylvia Arderius.
--PAVIL: Boris Trajkovski SC Arena.
--TIME: 8:30 p.m./Teledeporte.