Sarah Michel after Australia-France: "Every match is a cleaver match"



Sarah Michel, captain of the France team, Australia's faller at the start of the World Cup (70-57): “We wanted to show that this team has heart, that we give everything. Everything wasn't perfect, but we found the resources, everyone played their part, those who played for a long time, not so long. We knew it was going to be a bit double or nothing for Australia: when you're the host country, you can have a little pressure. We didn't want them to ignite. They put the first two shots in, then we put a little more pressure. We tried to put pressure on the backs and control the rebound. I want to say that this victory does not change anything. Our group is so tough, I keep telling the girls that every game is a tough game, that you have to take it as a final. We are going to play the matches one after the other with the greatest desire and intensity possible, to fight and show that we have something to do in this competition. »

Alexia Chartereau, interior of the France team: “This one is good, it allows us to start well in the competition. We had finished the preparation with three defeats, good matches. We are able to win with the way, the hardest thing is to reproduce it. We were constant for forty minutes when we had experienced big lows during the preparation. When we were less well, they didn't score either. We are happy and proud. Gabby (Williams) was hot, she started the match well, she had to be given space to create and she didn't force herself, she took the balls out when they closed on her. »

Jean-Aimé Toupane, coach of the France team: “We know that to stay in these matches, you need a good defensive base. We defended hard, we stayed on our principles, the girls were courageous despite the qualities of the Australian team, which plays without a ball, in space. Even in the weak times for us, we stayed in it, we didn't panic, we got the ball moving, with a little bit of success. It's part of the game, they went looking for him. A competition is the sequence, you win, you don't have time to savor that you go to the next match. We will savor at the end. You have to be satisfied with the job done and project yourself into the present. Colleagues are already looking at Canada. I would like to congratulate the players, they put a lot of heart. »



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