It was fairly a shock. Confident, fast, assured – Germany’s handball gamers impressed in opposition to the Netherlands on Saturday night time with a clear 33-26 victory to safe an early place within the World Cup quarter-finals in Poland and Sweden.
Then the crew rejoiced, Philipp Weber, who was relieved, beamed from ear to ear. “An enormous rock is falling. “I do not suppose anyone anticipated us to try this,” stated the backcourt participant. “Let’s get pleasure from it for now.”
There is each motive to get pleasure from it. Because after 5 video games and 5 wins, the factors could not have been higher. Not solely that, however nationwide coach Alfred Gislason’s crew has improved step-by-step within the event and performed in a drunken trend. Former nationwide participant Stefan Kretzschmar spoke concerning the “new prosperity of German handball” in his Hartzbluth interview format.
An enormous stone is about to fall. I do not suppose anybody anticipated us to try this.
Philip Weber About the earlier efficiency of the German nationwide crew on this World Cup
Meanwhile, his enterprise associate at Fuchse Berlin, Bob Hanning, lately hailed the assault as the most effective he had seen in “a really, very very long time”. Even the nationwide coach, Alfred Gislason, not often recognized for his praises, declared that his crew achieved a “phenomenal consequence”.
Wherever the viewer seems to be, he goes proper now. The inside block consisted of Johannes Golla and Julian Koester, behind whom Andreas Wolf exceeded all expectations in aim. Gears are getting higher and higher on offense, says 22-year-old Yuri Knorr, who has by no means accomplished anything in his life. There are additionally dependable wingers, in the beginning Patrik Grotzky, who, in keeping with teammate Rune Damke, is “operating like a stitching machine” for the time being.
It’s all about successful the group in opposition to Norway on Monday
“It’s a pleasure to witness. The crew performed so nicely at occasions that I used to be stunned, as had been the spectators,” stated Gislason, who nonetheless stated on Monday within the recreation in opposition to Norway (20:30 / ARD): “If we win there, then we shall be actually stunned. But for that now we have to play very nicely.” He is nicely conscious that the Scandinavians are the strongest opposition on the DHB qualifiers in Katowice – thanks not solely to the distinctive participant Sander Sagosen, but in addition to a persistently top-class squad.
The Norwegians have not needed to drop a degree both and are bursting with confidence. Flensburg’s Magnus Rohde was in a greater temper than Philipp Weber just a little later after the 30-17 win in opposition to Qatar. “We’re prepared for this recreation,” stated the 25-year-old, who in all probability did not wish to know something concerning the present. Of course, each groups certified for Gdańsk, however no one desires to lose.
“We wish to win the group. We’re not sparing our power and we’re stepping into with all the pieces we have got,” introduced the full-back, who, like his German team-mates, dominated out a potential tactic.
Rod, like many German gamers, did not actually care whether or not it was Olympic champion France or Spain, who had topped Group I of the principle spherical as anticipated, as opponents within the quarter-finals. “It’s just like the plague or cholera,” joked Rune Damke, for instance. First, he shall be hoping for a win and one other small shock within the DHB choice in opposition to Norway.
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