A disappointing Euro for pissed off Indoor Purple Lions
Whereas they got here to Hamburg to win a medal, the Belgians missed their European assembly. They end in a really disappointing fifth place after half-hearted performances. If their ambitions have been life like, they nonetheless lacked the lucidity and aggressiveness to attain them.
JNever earlier than has the Belgian indoor crew appeared so properly ready, assured, even conquering when approaching a European assembly. But when taking inventory of the 4 days spent in northern Germany, the findings are overwhelming. The Purple Lions haven’t lived as much as expectations even when the progress is clearly noticeable. However, and that is maybe much more worrying, they by no means managed to react when the circumstances demanded it. The fifth place acquired in ache towards the Czech Republic (9-7) by no means alleviates the frustration and frustration of a bunch that might and needed to do higher.
1. A scarcity of lucidity .One of many first explanations for this poor efficiency is actually the dearth of foresight throughout key moments and highlights. Throughout every of the conferences excluding the inaugural match towards Germany (5-5), the Belgians by no means managed to surpass themselves and discover options when the circumstances demanded it. And even when they have been capable of depend on a Philippe Simar, once more formidable within the opposing circle with 20 targets in 6 outings, they lacked realism within the end. “I received’t say that this match is a failure”, instantly specified Philippe Truyens, the technical director of the indoor nationwide groups. “So clearly we didn’t attain our purpose however we confirmed nice issues and we made big progress. Nevertheless, we did not develop through the match. And I acknowledge that we’re nonetheless too truthful on a number of ranges. On this match, we all the time began our matches properly however we ended them badly every time. We must perceive why and above all discover options to treatment it. »
2. No response and lack of power .An indoor recreation lasts a great 40 minutes and the Lions have realized this once more the exhausting means, they who’ve usually delivered top quality first intervals. But it surely was usually after the break that the crew bowed down and suffered the sport. Extra problematic nonetheless, they by no means knew the best way to insurgent after they have been up towards the wall. “It’s actually a degree that we must focus on with the gamers,” acknowledged coach Maxime Bergez bluntly. “We must take a step again on the way in which we handle our conferences. But it surely’s one thing that we did higher throughout this rating assembly. We don’t all the time make the appropriate selections. However we should not neglect the place we come from. We have now already taken many steps. No query subsequently of talking of a failure on this Euro even when we depart with no medal. We actually took steps ahead by way of identification and hockey throughout these 4 days in Germany. It is rather encouraging by way of our course of in the direction of the World Cup. However we nonetheless must handle higher in sure conditions. That is all a part of our improvement however I perceive that the surface notion is just not all the time constructive after what we now have been capable of present right here. » That is all a part of our improvement however I perceive that the surface notion is just not all the time constructive after what we now have been capable of present right here. » That is all a part of our improvement however I perceive that the surface notion is just not all the time constructive after what we now have been capable of present right here. »
3. A weak home championship .One other clarification is actually additionally the overall stage of Belgian indoor competitors. The depth of the worldwide stage is a number of notches above that to which the Lions are floor. “Indoor hockey is just not a precedence for many gamers in our nation,” concludes Philippe Truyens, very realistically. “Make no mistake, the two finalists of the Euro are the Germans and the Austrians who evolve, for 3 quarters, within the championship throughout the Rhine. There isn’t a secret, it’s the finest competitors on the earth. It’s an issue of depth within the recreation but additionally of the standard of the infrastructure. So the best way to repair it? We must give it some thought, however it’s important that our internationals be educated to play matches on the highest stage regularly. »
This slap is subsequently helpful and shouldn’t subsequently name the whole lot into query. The Indoor Purple Lions could have 2 months to appropriate the scenario earlier than the World Cup in South Africa (February 5 to 11, in Pretoria) the place they may go together with the identical ambitions as these initially deliberate, specifically a spot within the prime 6 and, why not, even a final sq.. It is going to be essential to protect what constituted the strengths and qualities of this crew however above all to grasp what was missing throughout these 4 days. There was spectacular progress and the Belgians have been capable of compete, at many instances, with world heavyweights similar to Germany and Austria. Maxime Bergez’s proteges should now use their frustration and remodel it into constructive power to maneuver ahead and focus, any longer,