While the Blues will launch their 2021 World Cup this Thursday against Norway, coach Guillaume Gille has not given up on having ambition despite a group in the reconstruction phase, which requires caution.
A new team from France will tackle the 2021 World Cup. A year after the crying failure of the Euro, with a 14th place and the stormy start of Didier Dinart, it is Guillaume Gille who is responsible for rebuilding a team which has taken to dominating the world. A long-term project which had a false start with the defeat and then the draw against Serbia to start qualifying for Euro 2022. But who says reconstruction, also says new game project.
” We want to give more variations, more speed to the team, from a very stable defense in order to project forward more strongly than before., said Guillaume Gille in an interview with the FFHB official website. In attack, we have a multitude of options to choose from, with different players, to put the players in the best conditions of expression. In addition to the defensive worksite, the other workcamps concerning the play on large space and the attack. “But, after the two games against the Serbs, the observation is clear with the coach who confirms that he is not” satisfied with the performance of the team », But who keep in mind that his group must continue to work ” so that the whole regains color and stability to generate performance and confidence “.
Gille: “We will enter this World Cup with humility”
This long-term work requires the France team, crowned six-time world champion in the last thirteen editions, to revise its claims downwards while Norway, vice-world champion and third in the last Euro, will be his first opponent. ” We will enter this World Cup with humility because the project initiated with the players requires time to improve and be integrated by all the athletes., assures Guillaume Gille. It will be necessary to continue to grow and, match after match, that this group reveals its potential and that the performances are more and more successful. “If he assures that” the objective of a French team playing in a major competition is unchanged “, Ie to be present in the last four, the boss of the Blues does not want to aim too high with a group which has had a preparation far from ideal in a season with an overloaded calendar for the best players. ” It is allowed to dream but the principle of reality leads us to have measure before considering playing the leading roles again », Confirms a Guillaume Gille who hopes to put the Blues back on the right track but understands that this will not be done with a snap of the fingers.