Lois Abbingh is looking forward to the semi-finals at the european CHAMPIONSHIP handball from Friday evening against host France, but also thinks that Orange is in disadvantage against the reigning world champion. The new aanvoerster notice that the packed schedule took a toll begins to demand in the Dutch team.
“It is a wonder that there are so few injuries in our team, after three games in four days. That is really debilitating,” says the 26-year-old Abbingh in the run-up to the semi-finals of Friday night in Paris.
“On the day that we wouldn’t have to play, we had to also travel. Therefore, We start not really equipped to the semi-final, while that on such an important tournament, however, it should be the case.”
The netherlands played on 9 december against Romania and came in the day after was still in action against Norway (11 december) and Germany (12 december), after which the formation of coach Helle Thomsen Thursday, Nancy left for Paris.
Thomsen allowed himself this week even though several times critical of the busy schedule. The coach notices that her players this way “physically broken” and that France, with three matches in seven days played, it is.
“There is unexpectedly different dynamics in team’
Although Orange for the fifth time in a row in the semi-finals of a big tournament, Abbingh that the handbalsters at the european CHAMPIONSHIP for a surprise have provided. They noted that the confidence for the start of the tournament was not great was the lack of cirkelspeelsters Danick Snelder (injury) and Yvette Broch (stopped).
“For the tournament, feared that we the group stage perhaps would not even survive, so little confidence was there, by the disappearance of two cirkelspeelsters of world-class,” said Abbingh. “But there is unexpectedly a different dynamic in the team arise and now we’re just in the semi-finals.”
Abbingh realised, however, that the a great job against France, the reigning world champion on the Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro was Orange bronze won.
“France will be extra motivated to get as the hall is completely full of fans, but it can also be extra pressure. It is anyway a strong team with a tight cover; it rarely happens that they have twenty goals against. That is a ridiculously large hall is completely full, there you go.”
The semi-final between the Netherlands and France begins Friday at 21.00 hours. The battle for third place and the finals are Sunday in Paris.
Results and program european CHAMPIONSHIP handball for women