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ambitious but inexperienced, the French team prepares for a “actual battle” against Germany

Les Bleues wish to write a new web page of their historical past. Against Germany, the French team will play their first European semi-final on Wednesday, July 27. An enormous milestone and large information for a team used to high spots in the world rankings, but hardly ever with nice success in main competitions.

“It’s a European semi-final, one thing we do not know but”, Wendy Renard admitted at a press convention Tuesday evening. Faced with this explicit encounter, the stakes change. “The perspective modifications, you need to play sensible, management your feelings, do not panic”, the Blues captain summed up. Ten years in the past, she was already a part of the journey in the final French semi-final of a main competitors, at the London Games (defeat against Japan, 1-2).

Having performed their first 4 video games in Rotherham, the tricolor group this time takes up residence at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north London. “It’s as much as us to arrange nicely for this recreation, to get to know this place that we do not know”coach Corin Deacon defined. “Obviously it provides pleasure and novelty (…) We’ll take our grades”his captain permitted.

But the unknowns cease there. Les Bleues don’t have any intention of hiding behind inexperience heading into the encounter. “We have younger gamers on this group who’ve already reached semi-finals and finals”recalled Corinne Deacon, dismissing questions on the workers’s capability to carry the assembly. “It additionally offends our two Champions League groups [Lyon et le PSG] who’re additionally used to doing semi-finals and finals. Sorry, but they’re used to it.” she added.

Newcomers at this stage of the race for the blue jersey, the French don’t have any intention of succumbing to nerves. “My gamers don’t have any doubts, they’re assured (…) There isn’t any fear from our facet, there was no psychological work, there isn’t a want for it”, Corinne Deacon assaulted. His soccer gamers ready for the assembly like the earlier ones. The coach has no intention of fixing her recreation plan: “We will attempt to rating rapidly, look for effectivity on each surfaces. I’ve concepts in thoughts, we’re additionally attempting to anticipate from our facet any plans from Germany to dam us.’

Because that is certainly a main adversary that stands in the means of the French. Two-time world champions in 2003 and 2007, eight instances at the high of Europe, the Germans are like scarecrows. “When you have a look at the document of the German team and ours, when it comes to expertise and expertise, we’re developing against two huge nations, but at the second at house is virgin”Wendy Renard acknowledged.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s toys made a powerful begin to the competitors. Undefeated, they’ve but to concede a single purpose, whereas the France team was already struggling in protection and lacked effectiveness in assault. But the Blues do not wish to be impressed. “It’s going to be robust, a actual combat, but I feel they don’t seem to be too comfortable to assault us both.”calculated Wendy Fox. What creates the shock and continues to put in writing their lovely story? Reply Wednesday night.

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