With this success against Germany (29-21), France is qualified for the semi-final of the Euro, on November 18 (against an opponent to be determined this Wednesday). We imagine that it is a satisfaction?
It’s very satisfying, honestly today (tuesday) it was a quarter-final. It’s great. We had a good match even if sometimes we got a little scared. We had periods when we were a little in the hollow, we lost a little liveliness, aggressiveness. Afterwards we left.
You have already qualified for the semi-finals before the final match of the main round, this Wednesday against Spain. How are you going to approach it?
Above all, we must not fall into the trap of telling ourselves that we will go easy, regardless of the result. I think we also have to keep a rhythm. It’s a chance to be already qualified and that we can make adjustments, work on this match against Spain. We will do everything to win it, that’s for sure. You know us well. It’s nice to arrive feeling a bit comfortable.
“The management of these days until the semi-final is going to be ultra-important”
Five victories in five matches, do you want to slam a sixth and therefore maintain a positive dynamic?
Yes totally ! We want to maintain this momentum even if, as we are already qualified, we will probably play more against Spain. Even if I don’t see myself saying to you: tomorrow, I want to rest. It doesn’t look like us. But we have a pretty crazy sequence, two matches in two days, after which we will have to travel to Ljubljana (in Slovenia, Thursday November 17). The management of these days until the semi-final is going to be ultra-important. The most important thing is to keep our bearings.
The wingers were well served against Germany (10 of 29 French goals). Was it a desire to rule out the game?
Yes. This is something that we had notified in the German defence. We have good wingers, very good finishers. We managed to rule out the game, to find them. It was a strategy that paid off. We had success on both wings That’s why we have all the smiles, because whether on the wings, inside, on the back base and in goal, we had some great benefits. »