Xenia Smits (Germany): “France, a huge team”

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Xenia Smits (Germany): “France, a huge team”

“Winning well against the Netherlands (36-28) at the start of the main round, after a sluggish first round (1 win, 2 losses), does that surprise you?
In the first round, we didn’t play well, we weren’t in the “flow”, we arrived in Skopje hoping to be able to progress. We didn’t think we could win so easily against the Netherlands.

How do you explain it?
I have no explanation. We tried to leave what happened in Podgorica in Podgorica (in Montenegro where Germany played their initial round). We did it. We knew that the face shown there was not really ours. We weren’t fluid, it wasn’t the game we wanted. There, we saw a better face of our team.

“We will try to play a good game. We have to defend better, we conceded too many goals but France are playing very quickly.

You will find France, this Tuesday evening (8:30 p.m.), which beat you twice in preparation of the Euro (34-31; 30-29). What do you think ?
Yes, the last match was very tight. France is a team with lots of qualities, I know a lot of players. They know us too. We will try to play a good game. We have to defend better, we conceded too many goals but France are playing very fast. But it is especially in terms of success in shooting because France has good goalkeepers. So just play and defend as best we can. In the end, the best team will win.

Since your preparation matches, the French goalkeeper Laura Glauser is not there (injured), it is the young Floriane André who supports Cléopatre Darleux
Yes, but she also has qualities, we saw that during the first round. Both goaltenders have good save percentages.

“(France) It’s a team where in each position, there are players with enormous qualities. Lots of experience too. »

What do you fear the most against France?
It’s a team where in each position, there are players with enormous qualities. Lots of experience too. It’s a huge team. We must have a little respect but not be afraid. We just have to play without pressure.

What is the main strength of your team?
If we play liberated, we will be fine. We all have qualities. In defense, you have to hurt every time even if it’s not pleasant for the opponent. France also defends strongly but I hope not too much! »

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