World Championship 2017 Germany

Kristiansen: “Nothing is granted, our mental strength and physical shape make all happen…”

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Kristiansen: “Nothing is granted, our mental strength and physical shape make all happen…”
Ibolya Szekeres

Amanda Kurtovic-right back (NOR)

” We made a very good start and we were able to focus. I have played in both positions, on wing and back player position, so I got some scorings and I am happy that we were able to make a such a great game.”

Katrine Lunde-goalkeeper (NOR)

“We have started very well the game, we managed to keep the tactics we have agreed on before the match even is not so easy to do so all the time. We are a strong team, a good group which works together very well and this makes good cooperations on the court as well. Our defense was outstanding and we managed to put a great pressure on the Netherlands, so they had no more to offer. We stayed focus and this made this match to look so easy. On the goalkeeper side, I mean that we did a good job today. Now we have one more day to rest before the bog final, we need some recovery and to prepare for the next game.”

Danick Snelder-line player (NED)

” We had a very good plan and also very good feelings before the match, we knew what we have to do in order to be able to stop them, we should do a strong defense, to control their players and stop their fastbreaks too. Maybe we also lost our confidence and courage as we could not perform on our real level today, we could not rip off their defensive play and this killed us.”

Veronica Kristiansen-left back (NOR)

“We made a fantastic good defense today, which gave us the confidence to be able to do a good attack as well. We have prepared to have this type of defensive job, and we just continued in the way we have done against Russia in the previous match.

” It is always very nice to have such a good match start, because it gives much confidence and motivation to the team. The Netherlands is actually a very good team, they were not playing badly today, but we were much better.

” I hope that we can continue at the same manner on Sunday in the final, this kind of focus is not coming by itself, our mentality and our physical strength is which makes that everything can work well again. We have to be prepared, focused both in defense and attack.

” Katrine Lunde is also very important for us, she is performing on a high level, I mean that I have never seen her better than she is now.

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World Championship 2017 Germany
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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