“We got screwed”

The French volleyball player did not beat around the bush after the Blues’ clear defeat on Saturday night against the United States (0-3), during the Tokyo Olympics.

Special envoy to Tokyo

Earvin, you insisted a lot on not repeating Rio’s bad start and finally …
Earvin Ngapeth : (he cuts) We did the same. What can we say to you… We lived a little the same scenario by taking water from the start of the match and afterwards, we do not manage to reverse the trend, nor to make the game run. tighten up and that prevents us from developing our game. We have never managed to put a little doubt in the minds of the Americans. We didn’t serve well either, so their passer was able to do whatever he wanted. We got fucked hard on a fixed-pipe game. We knew this first game would be tough but we really wanted to have a good game for the confidence. And it’s failed, but the competition will be long …

What can you take away from such a collective service?
It should not be forgotten. We know this whole tournament will be complicated. We have learned a lesson from the Americans and we have to remember it. Usually, our strength lies in our ability to make our opponent doubt. But here, I repeat, we did not serve well and when in addition the Americans are at this level in reception, it becomes too hard at the level of block-defense. Then everything just collapses. We will have to manage to make our next opponents doubtful, especially Tunisia on Monday …

On the other hand, you must not doubt, especially since, as you said, the competition promises to be long and qualification not yet really compromised …
Yes, we will stay focused and prepare for the next game. That’s all we can do anyway.

Interview at a press conference

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