Comment on Relegation showdown is not best scenario for France – Taillandier by Chris wood
According to journalist Sylvain Taillandier, entering the last match of the world championships in a fight to stay alive is not the best scenario for the French ice hockey team, according to journalist Sylvain Taillandier.
This is a winner who takes the clash for the right to stay at the highest level of competition while France and Britain meet this afternoon, where the victory of one of they will ensure survival.
But Phillipe Bozon's tournament is far from ideal, with only one point out of six games played so far.
And Taillandier takes into account the absences of the main players, not to mention that the change of coach was a big problem for France while they worked hard in group A.
"The tournament is not going well for the French team, but we knew it would be difficult because we have a new coach at Phillipe Bozon, a local legend who played in the NHL and is missing leaders. in the tournament because the best NHL players like Antoine Roussel and Pierre-Édouard Bellmare are not present, "he said.
"The last coach, Dave Henderson, was there for 15 years. It's a revolution for us to see a new coach arrive.
"The coach's main goal is to get us to the Olympics and try to reach the quarter-finals at least at the World Championships, but we are far from the last eight of this edition.
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"We also lack a good defender of Yohann Auvitu and Stéphane Da Costa, our magician on the ice, which is difficult for us. These guys are missing and a new coach , so he misses a lot to make this team better than it was.
"It is probably fair to say that France considers the match with Great Britain in the same way that GB does in terms of staying away from relegation. ] We were expecting enough points from other games, because this is not the best way to play one last game.
"We really need to win to stay in the elite group, so this is not the best scenario for the French team, especially after playing against Finland in last night's match.
"The fans were split in two for this match and its unfolding. Half worried about what will happen if France loses, while the other half is confident in victory and says that France should be better than Britain. "
As both teams prepare for the showdown in Kosice, which is getting ready at 3:15 pm, English time, Taillandier, owner of "Le Hockey Franco", said that there were questions regarding the game. French team that lingered throughout the tournament.
But they are even more relevant with this last game because they are looking for this crucial victory that could save them in the front row and believes that GB is able to take the game to save himself.
He added: "There have been questions regarding the goalkeeper for the goalie. ;French team. The best starter should be Florian Hardy, as he is the most experienced on the team, but his performances earlier in the competition were not bad, but they were not good either, well that he played well against Finland last night.
"Henri-Corentin Buysse was the third goalkeeper, but he also played well and sometimes did better than Hardy, so it's hard to know who should start against Great Britain.
"There have been great moments for the team, as the second period against Slovakia, but there have been too many mistakes and you can not win matches against the best teams of the kind.
"We also discovered that our first offensive line was really great and the son of coach Tim Bozon was working well with Damien Fleury and Valentin Claireaux. But it's hard to find another line after that because they did not do so well and the coach tried to remedy the situation.
"For GB, the question is whether we will see the best parts of the French team or the worst, because we saw them both in this tournament.
"I think the British team are great warriors and it will not be easy for a French team to try to defeat a group that has shown a lot of heart. The level is quite high to allow the team to really compete, but it can win in the last match.
"They make mistakes, which is normal for such a team, but it is a team with great values and they will try to make it count for the last game."