We are like wild animals released from a cage

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:05 PM

Zsuzsi Tomori is the only member of the women’s handball team who knows what it’s like to play in the Olympics, but Tokyo also thinks it will be quite different, and not just because a dogma engraved in stone has been overthrown.

“With the curve, we found a Beijing team image in the training camp and laughed at whether we had changed more in the last thirteen years or handball,” said Zsuzsi Tomori, a columnist for the women’s handball team, when we rang a few days before the team traveled to Tokyo. .

“I’m the only member of the team who was out at the last Olympics the national team made it to. I remember well, then I thought I wanted to play even better in four years, thirteen years without an Olympics. “But if someone has watched the Beijing matches and watched the Tokyo players without seeing a single match, they will hardly recognize the game: faster, tougher, more aggressive, and because of that they need more players for a match, no longer for any national team. it would work to have a beginner and an exchange line. ”

What team is traveling to Tokyo?

With Zsuzsi, the world has changed a lot, because while in Beijing he said he was a “bottle carrier”, he can travel to Tokyo not only as the most routine player in the frame, but also as one of the most important key people.

“I will also have a role in attacks, I will show up in right-handers, especially against teams that are difficult to exchange against, but my most important task will be to control the defense,” he introduced in his own role and then outlined the team’s tactics.

“We definitely need to build on a solid defense, because if we go into a fast-paced rush, we’re not sure we’ll come out better. “It’s also more in line with the character of the team if we build from the back, which is simply because we’re the best at this. We’re extras at the gate, and if the wall comes together well, we can cause serious trouble for even the best.”

“The most important thing will be that the defense is on solid feet and we also take care of the ball in attack, so as not to let opponents shoot easy goals from rushing. If that’s right, it won’t be a big deal anymore, ”said the 34-year-old classic.

Painful frame narrowing

Due to the pandemic, only 14 + 1 frames could be nominated for the Olympics, in addition to which two reserves could be traveled out and exchanged during the tournament. This situation presented a serious headache to the captain, who announced his final decision to the members of the women’s national team at the training camp in Odorheiu Secuiesc.

“Everyone hates situations where someone leaves sadly with a dangling nose, and that’s even more true for us because we make a very good team. This was also evident from the reactions, as the dropouts took note of the decision, who does not travel, also supports the team, and whoever comes out with us but does not move into the village, is preparing for the deployment in the same way as the members of the narrow frame, ”he explained. Zsuzsi.

The basic truth taken as an axiom was overthrown

“Well, we’ve refuted this well now,” the Siófok class said with a laugh, as we swayed whether the constantly voiced thesis that getting to the Olympics is much harder than getting there well is true to the current situation.

“It can be expected that there will also be one, up to two top category teams in the group, and this is true even now, as the French and the Russian Federation Team [leánykori nevén Oroszország – a szerk.] stands out from the field. “

Our team will be brutally strong because the other teams are all excellent, there is no national team hanging down from the group. ”

“I think the clashes against the Swedes, the Brazilians and the Spaniards start at an absolute 50-50, neither team is better than the other, the decision between us will be who will catch the better day. We played with the Brazilians twice in preparation, we beat them both times, and I don’t have bad feelings about the other two teams either. We videotaped everyone to ruin, prepared for all the opponents we could, and did it, ”said Zsuzsi.

The Siófok defensive specialist was obviously able to imagine an easier group, but he was maximally satisfied with the order of the matches. “I’m glad he’s starting with the French. In the first match, anyone can still be caught, everyone is looking for their place and getting used to the circumstances. And it would be very good for us, both in terms of the table and the self-confidence of the team, if we opened the tournament with a serious feat. ”

Everyone is ready

Zsuzsi said that there is a very intensive preparation behind the team, there are three hard weeks behind the national team, as in addition to the physical and fitness trainings, videos and tactical trainings colored the weeks spent together.

“At the age of thirty-four, the human body no longer wants this” said Zsuzsi laughing. “But that’s how it had to happen, and what’s been really hurting for two weeks now, we can now do it effortlessly, and so it’s always easier to work so that one sees the point. Now, for example, we are like wild animals released from a cage looking for prey, ”he added with a wide smile.

In any case, it was extremely important for the Siófok class to be able to start the Olympics after good physical preparation. “Luckily, my knee also withstood the crease well, and I was able to pick up the pace physically, which is no surprise in the sense that I also played a lot in Siófok in the second half of the season. There were few left at the end and I had to play almost every match so the load of the Olympics would not be new to me. ” he explained.

We already know that Tokyo is hosting an absolute Olympics reminiscent of the lockdown period, there will be a bubble tournament and teams will be playing in front of empty stands. “Most of the field could get used to this, although the situation was different here, as the fans could return. It will be important who copes with the situation, but I am not afraid that the special circumstances are a problem for us. ”

The goal is to advance, then the semi-final!

“Perhaps we are not playing the most attractive handball on the field, but we are not preparing for a beauty pageant, but for an Olympics where only the outcome matters. I think the team is doing well, we are getting used to it, and in the second preparation match against the Brazilians, it also turned out that we are mentally together, as we did not collapse at a 3-4 goal disadvantage, but we turned the match around. ”

“Our group is very difficult, so we also formulated the goals so that the most important thing is to move on. If we get to the quarterfinals, anything can happen in a match, and if we have a good day there, we can already play for a medal, which would be a huge success. “But we don’t run so far forward because it’s dangerous to chase dreams while a huge fight is expected in the group to reach the four places to advance. ”

“It speaks for us that we are very united, a cohesive community has come together for the national team, and the dynamics of the group are also working well. I try to help with the experience on the field and in the locker room, and Curve is the link between the crew and the frame. We are ready physically, mentally and tactically, we only have to endure that damn twenty-hour flight somehow, ”Zsuzsi added with a laugh.

The Olympic handball tournament starts on July 25th, on the opening day ours will play against France, followed by Brazil on the 27th, the Russian team on the 29th, Spain on the 31st and Sweden on the 2nd of August. The quarter-finals will be held on August 4th.


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