Les Bleus outclassed Germany in three innings in Berlin and will be at the Olympic Games in 2020
As in a dream: the French volleyball players outclassed Germany on Friday evening in Berlin, validating the qualification for the Olympic Games – 2020 from Tokyo (24 July-August 9), the second Olympic participation for the most beautiful generation of French volleyball after Rio – 2016
Despite the waivers for “personal reasons” (Stephen Boyer), despite the absences due to injuries (Thibault Rossard, Trevor Clevenot), despite the sores (Julien Lyneel, Kévin Le Roux) which limited the rotation, Laurent Tillie's men overcame all the obstacles on their way to Japan.
It was on this point that Tillie also insisted during his pre-match chat broadcast by The L'Équipe channel to motivate its troops.
“This is the match we all expected, and on which no one bet. And you're still there. So we're going out, warm up, look the guys in the eye. Hold, hold, hold, hold to the end and for us, “he said.
Friday, in the final of the Olympic qualification tournament, the last competition which only issued a ticket for Tokyo, his men overpowered the German hosts, even in a third set dominated by their opponents but overthrown in “money time”.
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Clear the carioca failure
They closed the deal in three sets (25 – 20, 25 – 20, 25 – 23), 80 minutes to go towards the door d embarkation for Tokyo, particularly driven by the excellent meeting of its expert, Jean Patry, real revelation on the tricolor side of this mini European Championship and author of 14 points, best French scorer.
And com Often with this French team, its star Earvin Ngapeth tightened the game, to set the pace. And like all a symbol, it is “Pépette” who killed all suspense on a last ace, to then receive the “Daruma”, Japanese papier mache figurine symbolizing the qualification for Tokyo – 2020.
Laurent Tillie, in tears for long seconds on his bench after the protocol ceremony, made strong choices for this final, leaving captain Benjamin Toniutti, regular passer for almost eight years with the Blues, on the bench, preferring Antoine Brizard, breathtaking.
He also left his son Kevin Tillie on the bench, to get him into the last moments of the meeting. Decisions identical to those which had rocked a semi-final against Slovenia Thursday.
Because the Blues had largely opened the way to the strength of the arms, by defeating the European champions Serbian from the first match for the group stage, then Slovenia in the semi-final in an anthology match.
In Tokyo this summer, the gang in Ngapeth will want forget carioca disillusionment, elimination from the group phase when they arrived in Brazil with a title of European champion in 2015 and a World League 2015. A Brazilian failure which they kept in memory during all the Olympiad.
This qualification, which seemed highly improbable Thursday when the French were led two sets to zero in the semi-final against the Slovenes, intervenes some months after a disappointing fourth place at the Euro in France.
“Despite the disappointment, we got back on track after three months. We wanted so much to go to Tokyo, it seemed impossible with all the little problems we had. To succeed in qualifying is simply incredible “,” it's a bit our medal “, savored Laurent Tillie.