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Euro handball: “We were keen to have a respectable match”, confides Nedim Remili

Valentin Porte (right winger of the French team, AFP): “We may not have had our best match but at least one good match and we won it, that’s the main thing.

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Euro handball: “We were keen to have a respectable match”, confides Nedim Remili

Valentin Porte (right winger of the French team, AFP): “We may not have had our best match but at least one good match and we won it, that’s the main thing. Being able to rest someone like Niko (Karabatic) is super important and it's a luxury in a competition. It made it possible to revive a little bit of people, to put others who are a little sick to rest. It's great, everything came together well. It could have been a difficult match and it was a good match. We come out with a new victory.”

Nedim Remili (center half of the French team, AFP): “The start of the match says a lot. The pace we set from the start. We tried to run because we didn't want to make this match complicated. We were keen to put in a respectable match, both for ourselves and for our opponents. We put the ingredients in place: a lot of pace and a fairly solid defense. Maybe we managed a little better in the second half. But overall, everyone had fun and was able to give their all. It's a great result (...) It's a bit of our trademark in this Euro. We don’t kill matches.”

Guillaume Gille (France team coach, FFHB): “We saw a real match. We decided to really play this match, even if it was without stakes. And it led to lots of great phases of play, in a match full of intensity. It's a satisfaction that everyone was able to express themselves, that everyone was in the right physical tempo and was able to bring to the French team. It's a very good sign, everyone has juice and is ready to tackle the final square. We're going to play Sweden again, and it's true that we often fixate on Jim Gottfridsson, but it's not just him. It is, for example, one of the teams that projects up the ball the fastest, with two wingers who go very, very quickly. Focusing on him would be a mistake, even if he is an excellent player. He is a known opponent, whom we have played several times in the semi-finals of the last competitions, and that has not always been successful for us (...) But it is going to be a very, very big fight.

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