Alfred Gislason bravely swallowed his anger at the crushing quarter-final defeat. Again it wasn’t sufficient towards a world-class team, and as soon as once more Germany’s handball gamers needed to cease earlier than the medal recreation. But after the 28:35 (16:16) recreation towards the Olympic champion France, the nationwide coach famous optimistic issues.
“Numerous issues make me optimistic. The boys have realized so much,” Gislason stated as he bought over his preliminary disappointment. The DHB team is “nonetheless an inexperienced team when it comes to breadth and core positions”. That’s why “it is essential to get experiences like this. I’m certain all the gamers will study from their errors. We can take a variety of optimistic issues with us.”
After Germany’s second defeat in the seventh event, the World Cup shouldn’t be over. The aircraft leaves for Stockholm on Thursday morning. 16 years after the golden winter fairy story, this weekend in the Swedish capital, as a substitute of taking part in for medals once more, it’s now about fifth to eighth locations. On Friday (15.30 / ARD) in the Tele2 soccer area, the opponent is the African champion Egypt.
“We wish to end it sensible and end fifth,” captain Johannes Golla instructed his team. And goalkeeper Andreas Wolf: “These video games are essential for me. Fifth or eighth place in the World Cup makes a giant distinction. If you attain fifth place, you present that you just belong to the prolonged world class. This needs to be our declared aim for the subsequent two video games.”
After a traditionally poor World Championship (twelfth place) two years in the past, the German Handball Federation (DHB) qualifiers stepped up with performances in Katowice and Gdansk. However, the report world champion was defeated by France. “This may be very painful and a lesson for us,” Golla stated. On good days, the linebacker stated, “we will play thrilling handball. But if we wish to play for the title, we now have to play video games over 60 minutes persistently.”
The administration of the affiliation issued a passable (interim) conclusion. “Handball and sports activities followers in Germany have seen that one thing is rising right here,” stated DHB sports activities director Axel Kromer. The team “shouldn’t be at the restrict, however we now have constructed a variety of foundations and performed very effectively. We have the European Championship at residence subsequent yr, so we wish to take the subsequent step.”
Wolff additionally believes he nonetheless has “a bit solution to go to the prime of the world,” the long-time standout goalkeeper stated on Wednesday evening. The defeat towards France can be a lesson. We nonetheless must study one thing, ideally to win the subsequent two video games, to strengthen our picture and to be extra calm and assured.”