Olivier Krumbholz, after the victory against the Netherlands at the Euro: “Still the best defense in the world”

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Olivier Krumbholz, after the victory against the Netherlands at the Euro: “Still the best defense in the world”

“After three wins in three matches in this initial round, are you happy?
Very happy. It was very difficult (against the Netherlands, 26-24), as expected. We had a solid match, we may have missed a few balls to dismiss them, especially at 6 against 4, we had to remain stable. We were less good than usual in the game on all terrain. They were more consistent than us, got all the balls up, really put us under pressure. That’s why the girls are very tired: they wore us out on their ascent.

In attack, there were some very good things. We lacked a bit of shooting success, but I think this goalkeeper (Yara Ten Holte, 10/33 on shots) is excellent. She will hurt a lot of people. He is a new star in the international context. There is every reason to be satisfied with this French team which leaves with four points. We pulled a lot on the bodies of some, we knew that by winning we had three days of rest behind. We are going to use them well to recover and prepare as seriously as possible for our upcoming matches.

Cléopatre Darleux (11 saves on 23 shots in the first period), puts you well in the game, then you launch the young Floriane André (2 saves on 8 shots) after the break before bringing Darleux back (21-19, 45th). Why ?
Cléo had a good first half, Floriane has been good every time since we met. She made some important saves. She lacked a bit of experience on one or two shots, of which I thought that the presence of Cléo at the end of the match could help us on one or two balls, which was the case elsewhere (she finishes 14 saves on 31 shots).

“If we play the Netherlands ten times and win ten times by one goal, we will be ten times happy”

Is it important to have this match, where you were challenged, and not only have river scores, to see how the team reacts?
Don’t worry, we knew we wouldn’t win ten goals against the Netherlands. If we play them ten times and win ten times by one goal, we will be ten times happy. A great team, which plays fast, has great players. We could have won a little better if we were more precise and successful in shooting. It’s part of the game. They also missed important shots, especially on Cléo. It’s a great result, bodes well for the second round. The backs took shots from afar, Orlane (Kanor, 3/6) took responsibility, Océane (Sercien-Ugolin, 3/5) too. It allowed us to rebalance the game and show that on big moves, by putting our backs in shooting position, we find solutions.

The wingers were less successful at the start of the match…
Yes, we missed a lot of shots when we had been really good at wing shooting for a while. We will have to study it, vary the impacts. The goalkeeper (Ten Holte) had prepared her match well on our wingers. She released balloons perhaps on the preferential impacts.

In the main round, you take Montenegro, Germany and Spain since Poland does not pass… What inspires you?
It inspires me that I always thought it would be those three, three tough teams to play. We will take the matches one by one, each match won will bring us closer to the semi-finals.

You held the fast game of the Dutch rather well…
Yes, we had a very solid defensive withdrawal. They found some solutions when we were tired. On the other hand, when we were in place in defence, we posed them enormous problems. It shows that the France team is certainly still the best defense in the world. »

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