The French volleyball team has a bad start to its 2021 Olympic Games: it was sharply beaten for its first match this Saturday, by the United States (3-0).
The French volleyball players, overtaken by the United States, lost three sets to zero (25-18, 25-18, 25-22) and missed their debut at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, this Saturday at the Ariake Arena . Nothing is lost yet for the most talented generation of French volleyball, in search of a first Olympic medal in Japan: to see the quarter-finals, it must place in the top four of its group of six with also the Russia (under neutral flag), Brazil, Argentina and Tunisia.
As a symbol, it is on a missed service from its star Earvin Ngapeth that the France team lost in the third set. His long sighs from the start of this round spoke volumes about the feeling of helplessness of the Blues, overwhelmed by an overpowered American team in their attacks, surprising with their false leads and sure of themselves in defense.
“A level problem” for Tillie
“Physically, we’re good. It was played in the head, Ngapeth analyzes. We miss our start to the match and we never manage to reverse the course of the game, to make them doubt. That’s what makes the difference today. ‘hui. We were shy in all areas of the game. ” “It’s also a problem of level, adds the coach Laurent Tillie. When they are at this level, it is one of the best teams in the world. We failed to be aggressive and put them in difficulty on the service. . “
Laurent Tillie’s men wanted at all costs to start this tournament with a victory in the first match. “It’s almost the most important because it sets the tone,” Ngapeth warned. But as at the Rio Games, left in the first round, “Team Yavbou” begins its Tokyo Olympics with an inaugural defeat.
Rebound expected against Tunisia
“It is not the start that we necessarily wanted, but we must not be disunited, because there are matches coming and we will have to bounce back against Tunisia, positively captain Benjamin Toniutti. We knew we had a complicated group. Today we didn’t play very well and they played a big game. “
In 2016, the setback against Italy, already 3-0, had placed them in a zone of turbulence. The second against the United States, already, had put them on an ejection seat, almost forcing them to a feat against the Brazilian favorites. Laurent Tillie’s men are not there yet but they will have to react on Monday against Tunisia, the least rated team in the group.