Kolding (dpa) – National coach Henk Groener has clearly criticized the game plan of the German handball players for the main round of the European Championship in Denmark.
“That’s a joke,” said the 60-year-old Dutchman on Wednesday. “It’s not a fair game plan, I guess.” The DHB selection starts on Saturday (4 p.m.) against Hungary in the main round of the tournament. After a day of rest on Monday (6.15 pm) and Tuesday (6.15 pm), she will play her other matches against world champions the Netherlands and Croatia.
“If you compare the differences in the schedules of the different teams, it is not fair play,” said Groener. “We have three games in four days.” Norway, for example, which dropped out as co-host a few days before the start of the European Championship, plays its main round matches on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday and thus has considerably more days off.
“It was clear in advance that Norway had certain advantages as a host country,” said Groener. “But it was not clear what that meant for the other teams.” He was told on Wednesday morning what the final game plan would look like. ‘It is the way it is now. It’s not great. ‘