Asked about BeIN Sport just after the difficult success over Algeria (29-26) on Wednesday evening, the winger of the France handball team did not hide his annoyance, before leaving.
On Wednesday evening, the France team won a fourth success in as many matches played during the 2021 World Cup in Egypt, dominating Algeria (29-26). “A narrow success”, by the admission of the coach of the Blues, Guillaume Gille, due to insufficient collective performance of the French. What feed a certain disappointment, despite the favorable result. What did the BeInN Sport journalist Mary Patrux wish to express by interviewing Luc Abalo live just after the meeting, perhaps a little unhappy: “We did not spend a very good evening in front of France? -Algeria. I imagine that the France team did not have a lot of fun during this meeting either. ” Face closed, the right winger answers tit for tat: “Oh yes, why did not you have a good evening?”
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Having started on the wrong foot, the discussion then continued, in a climate of mistrust and hostility. “You were put in difficulty by a team from Algeria that you are, for me, able to dominate more easily”, replied the journalist of the pay channel. “Actually, how do you say we could dominate them easily?” Abalo snarled a little more. Before backing up his point. “Our team is new. There are a lot of players who don’t necessarily have experience of this competition, and for them it’s a difficult game. Algeria is a big team. They defend differently, very hard, very high, so we knew we were going to have some tough challenges to overcome. ” One way for the winger to defend his troops. But from defensive, his speech then went on the offensive …
Thus, Abalo highlighted the way of approaching this meeting, and this Algerian opponent, from the media. “Before the match, psychologically, we said to ourselves that we had no right to play badly against this team. As if we don’t respect them enough. It is a problem. Whether it was Switzerland two days ago or Algeria, they are two good teams (…) You (the journalists), in your questions, you imply that we have no right to lose and to play badly . Except that in this team, there are young players and they say to themselves that they have no right to play badly. However, it doesn’t matter if you miss something, you just have to fight in defense… ”And the winger to assert, just before leaving:“ We are no longer the great French team there. is ten years old. We are going to make mistakes and this is normal because we have to rebuild ourselves (… We are not going to dominate all the matches. ”