25/01/2014

Thomsen expects 'maximum pressure' from France

MATCH PREVIEW: It will be two teams who have never lost an EHF EURO final who play for the crown on Sunday
  • Photos: Uros Hocevar / Stephane Pillaud

 

For the team that will leave the court defeated at the Jyske Bank Boxen on Sunday after the final, it will be a completely new feeling which both teams will obviously do everything they have to avoid.

Neither France nor Denmark have ever lost a final at EHF EURO level.

Denmark and France have been in the final twice before, and both teams only know the feeling of winning when it comes to playing this last decisive match.

France took the title in 2006 and 2010, while Denmark won in 2008 and 2012.

Like so many handball games, the final of the EHF EURO 2014 may very well be decided in the defence, also because it is two of the strongest defences in the world that meet.

Therefore, the key players of the match may very well be found in defence, and one of those could be central defender Klaus Thomsen from Denmark.

The 27-year-old left back from Danish league club Team Tvis Holstebro is playing his first major tournament, but his performances in the Danish defence have already been impressive.

 

"There is no doubt that we will get under maximum pressure against France.

"It may be an even tougher match against France than it was against Croatia.

"The French players will come with incredible physical pressure and a pressure which not many teams come with, so no doubt it will be a physically really tough game," Thomsen told ehf-euro.com.

And Thomsen is looking forward to the physical battle with the French attack.

"I have had the pleasure of playing against France before, and I know that they are some big and strong boys to dance with, such as (Cedric) Sorhaindo.

"But I think we have seen in the last few games that he has a tendency to get tired, so if we can run a lot and get him tired, we have gone a great part of the way," he added.

Honrubia with huge respect

One of the challenges to the Danish defence may be left winger Samuel Honrubia who expects the match to be just as tough as his Danish opponent Klaus Thomsen.

"That match will be extremely hard for us to win, but if we get the chance, we are ready to take it.

"A lot of things may be deciding - the goalkeepers, the defences, the referees, the crowd.

"There is no doubt, though, that we will have to play a perfect game in order to win the European championship," Honrubia told ehf-euro.com

written by Peter Bruun / ts