Beaten this Wednesday by Denmark (28-33) as part of their last preparation match before the Olympic tournament, the Blues had to compose without their captain Michaël Guigou, injured in the hamstrings.
The Blues did not succeed in their last test gallop. On the floor of the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, which will host the Olympic handball tournaments from July 24, Guillaume Gille’s players lost five lengths (28-33) against Denmark, double reigning world champion and candidate for his succession five years after his victory in the final in Rio against… the French team. Indeed, three days after a first-rate offensive performance against Japan, the Blues have been able to achieve the path that remains to them to hope to be in the fight for the medals at the end of a fortnight which will see them first of all face Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain and then Norway to hope to make their way to the quarter-finals, the first step towards the podium which is will play on August 7th.
🇫🇷 28⚡33 🇩🇰
The Blues bow to the reigning champion at the end of their preparation phase.
– French Handball teams (@FRAHandball) July 21, 2021
Guigou, a major problem for the Blues
But the image that will remain of this meeting against the Danes, it is that of captain Michaël Guigou who remained a spectator during the entire 60 minutes of play due to a hamstring problem. Montpellier’s Hugo Descat evolved as left winger throughout the game because the player with 300 selections in Blue is subject to ” small muscular tensions, nothing bad, but which are present and which required today (Wednesday) that we arrange the sequence “, According to Guillaume Gille in comments collected by the daily The team. While the French staff will have to leave one of the fifteen players selected in the stands to face Argentina this Saturday, Michaël Guigou’s injury is a problem. ” From the moment someone is preserved, there is a doubt. We pay attention to this small muscular sore, confided Guillaume Gille about his captain. We still have two days of testing which will hopefully provide some clarity, to know the position on the start of the competition. “It is therefore not excluded that the Blues approach the Olympic tournament without their most experienced element.