Goalkeeper Andreas Wolff made one informal remark or one other – and even nationwide coach Alfred Ghislason appeared very relaxed earlier than the warmth of the World Cup. After 4 straight wins and spectacular performances in the finals in Poland and Sweden, Germany’s handball gamers really feel ready for the trend-setting showdown with the Netherlands.
“For us, it is the first match level. We need to flip it round and go to the quarter-finals,” left winger Lucas Mertens stated on Saturday night (20:30 / ZDF) saying the course of the sport in Katowice. And captain Johannes Golla stated: “Of course, it is good to have every little thing in our palms. We labored exhausting to get a superb beginning place and we need to go to the quarterfinals underneath our personal energy.”
Wolff praises Ghislson, the nationwide coach
The nationwide coach didn’t need to become involved in arithmetic video games. “I do not actually do math. When you begin doing it, it is not all the time proper,” Gislason stated. But there is no want for anybody to make use of the slide rule earlier than the sport: in the event that they win, Germany might be in the play-offs of a match that has up to now been promising.
Wolf believes the nationwide coach is one among the keys to the profitable World Cup up to now. “Alfred is in fact very emotional, however nonetheless manages to bridge the hole earlier than and after the sport very nicely,” stated the 2016 European champion. “Despite his pressure, he was capable of calm us down earlier than the sport. , as a result of he has nice expertise, nice sovereignty.”
Assistant coach Erik Woodtke additionally credit Gislsson as a key think about the sturdy match up to now. “It exhibits independence and confidence, and then the team picks it up once more,” Woodtke stated. Icelanders aren’t all the time free, particularly throughout video games. “But he is relaxed sufficient to allow us to play soccer in observe,” Wolfe joked.
Wolff & Co. needs to take care of this freedom and thereby obtain the first necessary milestone. Group 3 is led by Germany and Norway with 6:0 factors, adopted by the Netherlands (4:2). Serbia, Qatar and Argentina have already been eradicated.
That’s what it is all about for Team Orange
For the DHB selection it is about many issues, for the Dutch it is about every little thing. That’s why Wolff did not need to speak about the additional explosive nature of the neighborhood duel. “It’s not as basic as soccer. There’s lots of competitors on the market,” the 31-year-old stated with a smile. “But we need to ship our neighbors dwelling.”
Both groups dwell in the identical World Cup resort, the place you will run into one another sometimes. However, up to now there was no trash discuss between the gamers, lots of whom know one another from the Bundesliga. Mertens, who performs with Dutchman Kei Smits at German champions SC Magdeburg, stated: “There is no explosiveness like in soccer. But now there is lots of hearth as a result of the Dutch have developed quite a bit lately. “
Even in the event that they lose to Oranje, the DHB qualifier may have one other likelihood to make nice progress towards Norway at the finish of the most important spherical. But nobody needs to take that danger. “We will do every little thing attainable to win,” Gislason promised.
However, his protégés are engaged in a totally totally different caliber than the 39:19 gala towards Argentina at the begin of the most important spherical. “The Dutch are actually good, they swap shortly from protection to assault. You must do lots of issues proper to win,” warned the nationwide coach. Wolff is additionally assured: “It is not going to be a positive success.”
Especially since the opponent is dying to knock out the massive neighbor. “Most of us play in the Bundesliga. We need to present that we will play handball nicely,” stated Dani Baijens from the HSV Hamburg team. And Smits from Magdeburg emphasised: “Germany and Holland are all the time an enormous fight. We are ready and we’re very motivated.” But it additionally applies to the German nationwide team.