Djukic: Expectations are too great
August 3, 2012 16:09 pm
Great Britain men's coach Dragan Djukic is keen for his handball side to rein in their expectations when they face Tunisia in their penultimate Group A preliminary match on Saturday.
After heavy defeats to reigning Olympic and world champions France and three-time silver medallists Sweden in their opening two games of the tournament, Djukic went public with his optimism of beating Argentina ahead of their last outing on Thursday.
While it was a much-improved effort from Team GB, with the first half a particularly rousing performance, it still ended in defeat and the Serbian tactician knows it will be tougher against the Africans, who ran France close.
"We have to bring the team back, the expectation was really high in the last match and the Tunisian team is very strong," he said. "We watched them and they played for 50 minutes at the same level as France.
"They have some great players with lots of experience and are physically very strong. We will try and make some surprises and change our playing style and most importantly be competitive."
Skipper Bobby White was one player staying positive after defeat to the South Americans, claiming there was "nothing to take the shine off" when questioned whether a second-half slump had ruined his day.
And he knows his side have to cut the mistakes out if they are to get close to their opponents.
"We have to pick ourselves up for Tunisia. Our tactics are right, it's just technical mistakes," he told Press Association Sport.
"Tunisia are very strong. Physically they will be a bit more of a challenge for us.
"We have played them a couple of times before and they have actually lost a couple of experienced players since then, so hopefully that will put us in good stead."
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