A quiet start to preparation for the 2023 World Cup for the French handball team, victorious over Senegal (32-19) in Caen on Friday evening.
L’French women’s handball team easily launched the home stretch of its preparation for the World Cup (November 29-December 17), victorious on Friday over modest Senegal in Caen (32-19) in a match where the coach carried out a large squad review.
Les Bleues will face South Korea, an opponent of a higher caliber, on Sunday still in Caen, before flying to Norway.
A perfectible defense
Coach Olivier Krumbholz expects a better defensive performance from his players, emphasizing at the microphone of BeIn Sports the friability of his team, sometimes overwhelmed in the first period by the liveliness of the Senegalese.
“This is good, in 48 hours we will come back to small players with a lot of support. But we played seriously, we were better defensively in the second half» said the coach.
Same story with captain Estelle Nze Minko, who also highlighted the good offensive score of her team which led 8 to 2 after nine minutes and “managed to set the pace“, to fulfill its objectives “on ball rises and attack-defense changes“.
Krumbholz took advantage of this first preparation match to work on the 1-5 defense, with Nze Minko as an advanced sentry from the start of the game, and to carry out numerous rotations.
While Grace Zaadi, just back from injury, pivot Pauletta Foppa and goalkeeper Laura Glauser were spared (as well as Léna Grandveau), all of the field players were replaced around the quarter-hour mark of play. .
Goalkeepers Hatadou Sako and Camille Avec played one period each.