The French team has three months to put their heads back on the spot

Aurélie SACCHELLI, published on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

Eliminated without glory from the Euro, the French handball team will absolutely have to recover in order to win next April its ticket for the Tokyo Olympics in a home TQO.

As incredible as it may seem, 190 days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the French men's handball team still does not have its ticket for the Olympic High Mass, of which it returned medalist of the last three editions. The fault of this catastrophic Euro, the worst in its history, that it left Tuesday evening, despite a victory of pride against Bosnia and Herzegovina (31-23). But the damage was done since last week, and his two defeats against Portugal and Norway.

France must now support Norway

The Blues will not get the direct ticket to Tokyo they dreamed of. They will therefore have to go through an Olympic Qualification Tournament, organized in France from April 16 to 19 at the AccorHotels Arena, and whose opponents will be more or less formidable depending in particular on the result of Norway at the Euro (it would be better for the Blues whether she is European champion, or whether she loses in the final against Denmark and thus goes directly to Tokyo). Didier Dinart's men now have three months to launch a new positive dynamic. After spending two days with the staff, this Wednesday and this Thursday, to "prepare the rest" as revealed by DTN Philippe Bana, the players will leave for the club, scrap in Lidl Starligue, Liga, Bundesliga or Champions League, before rethinking the Blues. With a few aspects to change, as Ludovic Fabregas, one of the few who held his rank during this Euro, wishes: “We have to reorganize certain things in our common life, in our exchanges, in our way of training. Simply question yourself. Perhaps we also need to be more lucid in analyzing the key moments that we missed in past competitions. "

The memory of 2012 and 2016 …

The coach has enough to spend a few sleepless nights. Clearly questioned for his choices (too many changes, too academic attack game, lack of collective fluidity, under-use of Richardson and Porte …), the former pivot of the great era of Experts knows that he has little chance of keeping his position in the event of an Olympic non-qualification, and he has every interest in making changes to this team which did not go round in Trondheim. " For three-four years, our game has not progressed, especially in the offensive, regretted the former captain of the Blues Jérôme Fernandez in The Team this Monday. Even if the players have talent, we have lost in accuracy. I have the feeling that we lost time on this plan. Fortunately for the coach, he could benefit from the return of injury from two capital players, Luka Karabatic (must) and Kentin Mahé (knee), who will not be too much to continue to live the Olympic dream. And who knows, go get a medal next August? Because we remember that in 2012 and 2016, the Blues had missed their Euro (11th then 5th) before getting on the podium of the Olympics. Maybe it was another era. It is up to them to prove the contrary.