Jean-Aimé Toupane after the victory against Finland: “We will continue to work”

Jean-Aimé Toupane, coach of the France team, victorious Thursday evening from Finland in the qualifying match for Euro 2023 (103-77) “I’m very satisfied, especially to have done something with this team on a human level. We’ve repeated it from the start: our concern is that the girls are happy where they are. When we are happy, we want to earn more. It was a sluggish match at the start, with an opponent who forced us to play differently. We will continue to work, with many young people emerging, whom we want to put on the field. Our desire is to win against Ukraine (Sunday, 5 p.m.), not forgetting the differential between us (71-90 defeat in kyiv). First you have to win, then there will be two matches left. »

Sarah Michel, winger and captain of the France team: “We had a little trouble getting off the ground and then putting on more intensity. We raised the tone in defense and it was a little easier for the future, when we won balls, locked the rebound. Everything is not settled yet. A window is fast, we play on commitment and intensity. We have to solve the problems of spaces, systems, readings, it will come over time. We still have new girls, who have to adjust every time. The important thing was to win. »

Marine Johannès, rear of the France team: “We played a good match overall, with a somewhat shy start. We let them gain confidence. I think we have a bench depth that means we can play with 12. We know that when the rotations happen, it allows us to keep the intensity. It’s something good to be able to continue against Ukraine. Personally I’m happy to be back in the group, I’m on the bench this time (she laughs). We know that all the teams will attack us in defense. We weren’t surprised. »

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