These Blues are going to be hard to knock down. Firstly because their starting seven is difficult to score, even when he does not dominate, as was the case at the start of the meeting. The German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff had started the game well by being impassable (5 saves on the first 10 tricolor shots), when at the other end of the field, Vincent Gérard let many more shots pass than usual. However, the gap never crossed the 4-goal mark (7-11 in the 15th minute).
So when the substitutes came in, the dynamic changed for good. If only one name had to be retained to illustrate this breath of fresh air from the bench, it would be that of Rémi Desbonnet, the Montpellier goalkeeper, whose 82 meter ended up disgusting the German shooters in the second half (14/30 in total). The match of a lifetime for the 30-year-old goalkeeper, who had tears in his eyes at the final whistle.
“It’s good days like that. […] It’s true that when it happens like that, it’s magic“, confessed with restraint the French goalkeeper out of the hat. Which did not prevent him from being lucid: he has just lived the most important match of his career. “Yes, of course, with the stakes, the world watching… It’s incredible, it’s what you dream of when you’re a kid and you enter a hand room for the first time.”
Kentin Mahé, also off the bench and very solid in the second half, did not fail to place one after the meeting for the hero of the evening. “I’m super happy for Rémi, he had a great game.”
“The watchword was not to lose patience, to remain persevering, and to wear them out“, also explained the half-center. This is exactly what these Blues were able to do, undermined by the thunderous Juri Knorr in the first quarter of an hour, before he disappeared from the debates. “Everyone brought a little something to this victory“, abounded the tricolor coach Guillaume Gille at the end of the meeting.
“It is also high-level matches, where the balance of power evolves, which leads some players to bring an important stone to the building“, concluded the technician. Melvyn Richardson, author of 2 throw of 7 crucial meters at the end of the first act, Nicolas Tournat and Kentin Mahé, 12 goals between them, did not appear in the starting seven, but proved to be vital for the France team this Wednesday evening.The Blues are solid, and if we doubted it, we know after this victory that the Blues have resources.