Notebook in hand, Sébastien Gardillou hurried on to cover the hundred meters between the Hôtel des Bleues and the competition hall. Between a meeting and a video session, assistant coach Olivier Krumbholz goes to supervise the Germans, opposed to the Netherlands on Friday, at the start of the main round. “I’m going to see the signs of the announcements of the engagements. A war is won in intelligence », explains Gardillou. Before specifying that in order precisely not to expose themselves to this kind of decryption, the French women trigger the systems verbally.
Precaution, sense of detail since the selection from across the Rhine, on the menu on Tuesday, has hardly changed since the double confrontation in a friendly at the end of September-beginning of October, resulting in two successes for the Olympic champions (34-31 and 30-29 ). But there is a world between a preparatory meeting and an official one. In terms of commitment, dynamism too. His notes taken, Sébastien Gardillou returned to the hotel for the second video session of a busy day. Christophe Caillabet and David Burguin taking turns for the video analysis of future adversaries, Montenegro on Sunday, Germany on Tuesday and Spain on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.
A good morning slot
After a day off, Thursday, marked by a dinner in town – where the steak and fries was a great success as far as food is concerned, it’s not really that at their hotel -, the French women resumed their routine on Friday. Started with fifty-five minutes of training in a very early morning slot (9 am) imposed by the European Federation. Pierre Terzi got the organizations back on track with exercises based on dynamism.
Then, the physical trainer let Olivier Krumbholz orchestrate the tactical implementation. The lunch swallowed, a short break, place for a first video session, in particular of the Montenegrins “a little inhabited at the moment with Jovanka Radicevic back to her original level”, dixit Krumbholz, about the scorer (12 goals against Poland on Wednesday) and mistress to play for France’s first opponent, Sunday, in this main round. Also emerged undefeated from the preliminary round.