Paris 2024 Olympic Games | Draw for the Olympic women’s handball tournament: Olivier Krumbholz, a choice to already see further

Paris 2024 Olympic Games | Draw for the Olympic women’s handball tournament: Olivier Krumbholz, a choice to already see further
Paris 2024 Olympic Games | Draw for the Olympic women’s handball tournament: Olivier Krumbholz, a choice to already see further

A reunion with Spain, eight years after the epic quarter-final at Rio 2016

He recognized that if Denmark and Norway had not been in the same group, two medal-winning nations at the last World Cup and the last Euro, the choice would have been to join the Norwegian group.

By finally choosing the opposite direction, Olivier Krumbholz opens the way to a quarter-final against one of these two nations. But he doesn’t prefer to think about it and knows how to avoid it: by finishing in first place in group B to cross the fourth in group A.

“Obviously, our goal is to finish first in this group. It’s important because being second, third or fourth, it becomes difficult,” analyzes the man who used computer software to instantly simulate the route of the Blue depending on the group chosen.

If the quarter-final is so important for him, it is because the coach has confidence in his team to succeed in a major tournament once this obstacle has been overcome, regardless of the opponent.

“We will have a big match in the quarter-finals in any case. Everything will change in this quarter because if we pass it, the group will have so much energy in the last four that I have full confidence in my players to do something very well,” he explains with great enthusiasm. ambition.

Proof that the quarter-final is truly a meeting apart from Olympic Games, Siraba Dembéléin charge of the draw for the men’s tournament, mentioned this stage of the competition when talking about the silver medal won at Rio 2016.

“We had an incredible quarter-final, even historic, against Spain. I think we were down by seven goals with ten minutes to go and we won in overtime. This moment was really really special, we fought as a team until the end and that’s why this silver medal at the Olympic Games is so special,” she recalled on stage at the Maison du Handball. .

Mentioning this match comes at the right time, Spain is perhaps France’s most formidable opponent, along with the Netherlands, in the preliminary round of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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