Handball World Cup: Revenge for Blues against Sweden, their pets
In the semi-finals of the Handball World Cup, France face Sweden in Stockholm this Friday at 21:00. A competitor who has been the executioner of the French twice in his last three races.
Resources for revenge to find and buy. Blues It has to do with a fairly full hospital, a weirdly tight schedule, and an overloaded arena. Swedentheir final challenger this Friday (9pm) at home in Stockholm, in the semi-finals Global.
After flying over the Baltic Sea from Gdansk (Poland), where the French team left Germany last night, they arrived in Swedish territory on Thursday afternoon (35-28).
Meanwhile, the Swedes dominated Egypt (26-22) in their capital and are quietly waiting for the French.
“It’s a game, you have advantages when you’re the host nation. I’m sure it’s not ideal in terms of days off, even if we’re not the team to complain about the most.”is estimated Nikola Karabatic. With good reason: France was hot and had one less day off when the Germans were traveling on the eve of the shifts.
“He really showed himself on the field? Not in the first half anyway. If we have to lose (against Sweden, editor’s note)we will complain (from treatment difference)if we win, it will be forgotten.” he thought Ludovic Fabregas.
A victory and pivot and will be just one step to move against his teammates Denmark orSpainseventh world crown, six years after last (at home).
They would finally take the measure of these Swedes, whom they had faced at the same stage in two of the last three competitions: World 2021 (32-26) and Euro 2022 (34-33).
An air of revenge?
Just one year ago, the Scandinavians finally won this last title to become the golden generation, two-time world champions and four-time European champions between 1990 and 2002.
The Blues have taken the torch at the top of the world after less than a decade (four world, two European and three Olympic titles between 2008 and 2021).
A year and a half ago, with Tokyo Olympic gold sandwiched between two defeats against the Swedes, is it time for a reckoning?
“We have no score with anyone, this is a new competition. It’s up to us to play our best game, we haven’t shown our full potential in this competition yet”– answered veteran Nikola Karabatic, who played in the tenth and last world championship.
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If there are no accounts, then can we talk about revenge? According to Fabregas: “I don’t really like the word revenge, because every competition has its own story.” 2023 will be written in this Tele 2 Arena, an indoor stadium where some 20,000 Swedes they will leave their team behind.
“Also, we play handball for such matches, we wear the uniform of the French national team. We have the honor to go further”Fabregas spit.
Sweden without a star
Despite his position as a left-back, he was already bundled up and down before the match: Thibaut Briet (hand) surrendered against the Germans, Nikola Karabatic came out early, the left leg is still painful and Elohim Prandi played reduced (left ankle). Management of the French team “He will decide at the last moment” to play them.
Sweden already know they will have to do without their playmaker, Jim Gottfriedssonwho raised his left index finger against Egypt and announced on Thursday “give” for the end.
Some may see this as a harbinger in the Blues’ favor. He will spend this Friday finding out the facts.
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