What does the qualification mean for handball for your home country? What would be a success for Chile?
With this qualification we became as one of the most successful (with football of course) team sports in Chile. Our goal is pretty clear, go to the second phase of the tournament. It’s time for Chile to go to the next level and this is our chance. Therefor the first game against Belarus is incredible important.
Your Captain, Marco Oneto, is missing because he is injured. How do you rate your team? Where are the strengths, and which weaknesses do Chile has to switch off up to the tournament start?
Loose Marco is always not helpful. He can help us a lot, especially in defence. Our strengths I think is that we can be very aggressive, we are pretty good in change of directions in attack and we fight until the end, no matter what. Our biggest weaknesses is that we are not a super tall team.
You will meet Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Saudi-Arabia and Belarus in the preliminary round group C in Rouen. What do you know about your opponents so far and how do you rate the other teams? Which chances do Chile have?
We are dreamers but at the same time we are realistic. Like I said before, the first step is Belarus. That game will be everything for us, it will define everything. About high quality teams, we are not afraid of anything. Argentina almost beat Croatia at the last Olympic Games and we had the better position in the last Pan-American-Games than Argentina. So, we will see. One thing is clear, we will not give anything free, we are ready to sweat blood if it is necessary.
Who ist the favorite for the title?
In my opinion it is France. They play at home and they are the last champions.
The first match will be against Belarus. What is possible for Chile in the first match? (In qatar Chile lost with 23:34 against Belarus)
We have big chances to win. We work everyday thinking on this game. Our coach send us plenty of games from them. We are very well prepared. This game will decide everything. I personally believe that we can win this game and make more history for the handball in Chile.