Laurent Tillie will be able to take a deep breath. The coach of the France volleyball team had pushed a rant after the heavy defeat of his team against the United States (0-3) on Saturday, for the entry into contention of the Blues in the Olympic Games. The one who plays his last international tournament at the head of the France team was heard by his players, Monday, July 26, in the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, with a solid victory against Tunisia 3-0 (25 -21, 25-11, 25-21) in 1h22 of play.
“What bothers me is the lack of aggressiveness on offense, serve and block. We were strolled everywhere“, regretted Tillie after the defeat against the United States. If everything was not perfect Monday against Tunisia, the Blues have at least regained the taste of victory at the Olympic Games, after three consecutive defeats, if the ‘there is the Rio fiasco in 2016. After the crestfallen faces seen against the Americans, smiles have returned to the faces of the players of the France team.
This was particularly the case for Earvin Ngapeth, appeared annoyed on Saturday and who seemed more cheerful on Monday against the Tunisians. The Modena player fulfilled his role of leader and reassured, as did Trévor Clévenot, who finished top scorer in the match with Jean Patry (12 points). Above all, it is in the game that the French have performed well, with a very complete second set.
As against Brazil (0-3) for its opening match, during which she had jostled her opponent during the first two sets, Tunisia did everything to resist the Blues. This was particularly the case in the first and the last round during which the French encountered some difficulties to conclude the match.
With this victory, the French team is relaunched but Laurent Tillie will certainly still find several areas for improvement for his players before the rest of the competition. “We know we are not favorites. Americans, Russians, Brazilians are always better ranked than us in international competitions. It is a fact. We have to fight with Tunisia and Argentina to get out“Said the coach after the first match. The Blues have therefore come halfway. We will have to confirm against Argentina on Wednesday morning (French time).