After a mastered first match against Slovakia (3-0), the Blues want to go on against Croatia on Sunday (6 p.m.), before a first test on Monday against Germany.
Slovakia-Croatia, same fight? Or rather even victory for the French team at Euro 2021? “It’s true that these are teams below us, but in volleyball it can be tricky, it can turn quickly in a direction you don’t expect. We will have to be super vigilant even against a team supposed to be weaker than us “, mistrusts the sharp Blues Jean Patry, top scorer against Slovakia (3-0) Friday with 17 points (as much as Earvin Ngapeth). “It will have to be taken with a lot of seriousness and serenity as well. We must not put pressure on ourselves and that’s how we are better. It will be another great game. All the matches that come up, you have to take them as a big fight, ”added one of the heroic Olympic champions just four weeks ago in Tokyo.
The French, European champions in 2015, are aiming for a second continental coronation for the first as the selector of the Brazilian Bernardinho, legend of the volleyball planet and who succeeded 62 years to Laurent Tillie at the head of the France team. Sunday in Tallinn, on the shores of the Baltic where the Blues are playing the 1st round of Euro 2021, Croatia will be on their way. On paper, there is no photo between the teammates of Benjamin Toniutti, installed among the world elite, and the Croats, modestly classified in the 44th place in the world and in the 22nd place in Europe. © enne. The last time the Blues faced Croatia in official competition, it was on their way to the 2015 continental coronation, and the gang in Ngapeth that was then called “Team Yavbou” Was easily won 3 sets to 0.
“Frankly, I don’t know this team too well. We will analyze it on video, I know that the passer (Tsimafei Zhukouski, editor’s note) was number 2 in Perugia, ”one of the best clubs in the world, explains Patry without really knowing What to expect for this second game. Monday evening at 19:00, the French will pass their first life-size test against Germany, which finds its massive peak Georg Grozer, convinced by his daughters to come out of his international retirement to compete in the European Championship. In a group also comprising Latvia and Estonia, the German team, which corrected Croatia in three sets (25-20, 25-13, 25-19), are probably the only ones able prevent the Blues from finishing in first place which has been promised to them since the draw at the end of May.
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