All behind the Blues! The French handball team begins its European Cup tonight in Hungary. The French will face Croatia in a particularly anxiety-provoking context. Unlike Beijing, which has implemented a very strict health protocol for the Winter Olympics, Budapest is content with the minimum.
Only a few hours left before the start of Euro 2022 handball. The Blues landed in Hungary on Tuesday to play the competition from January 13 to 30. Tonight, they will face Croatia in an anxiety-provoking health context. Hungary is indeed less strict in terms of the measures applied.
No sanitary bubble at the hotel
We had already seen it during the Euro football: Hungary is much less strict regarding health measures. No gauge of spectators are expected this evening for the first match of the France team. But above all, no sanitary bubble is applied to the hotel.
The Blues rub shoulders with passing tourists, as revealed in a press video conference by Vincent Gérard, the tricolor goalkeeper. “You can see people going to the pool next door in bathing suits,” he said. “We were all a bit surprised when we arrived at the hotel because we’re all making a lot of effort not to test positive. I don’t know if it’s really respectful for the players in terms of protocol”. Same observation for Nikola Karabatic, who mentioned “customers not masked”. “We eat in the same places as other customers,” said the star of the Blues.
Go as far as possible
It is therefore in this context that the French will try to make a good Euro, a difficult competition, as coach Guillaume Gille reminds us. “A lot of teams are able to win this competition, so the French team, despite its track record, despite its history, still has this need to write its way in this Euro’. The idea is to avoid the fiasco of Euro 2020, where the Blues finished in a pitiful fourteenth place, and then go as far as possible.