Super star Mikkel Hansen had his thoughts before the encounter, too.
’The better we play, the more self-confidence we have, no doubt about that. We are all aware of the fact that our team is full of good players, so it’s not easy to beat us. But it has turned out during this tournament that despite missing 5-6-7 players due to COVID, the rivals have still been strong enough to be up with the task against the best teams."
Hansen talked about his teammate at PSG, French star Nikola Karabatic as well.
’Nikola is in a good shape, he’s always been an excellent player. The French are playing always better when he’s on the court. In a way we have some similarities. We both expect the maximum all the time, and of course we both want to make it to the semi-final. Their winning mentality and game end are different from ours, but we both can declare that we’ve been playing top handball in the last 10 years. We always play tough matches against France.’
The derby of the day starts at 20:30 in the Budapest Handball Arena.
Meanwhile it also turned out that besides Spain it was Sweden that managed to qualify for the semi-final from the main round group in Bratislava. The Swedes beat Norway with a penalty goal 10 seconds before the end ot their decisive match. Norway will play for the 5th place against the 3rd-ranked team of the Budapest main round.
Main round, final day:
1. Denmark 8 points – already through to the semi final
2. France 6
3. Iceland 4
4. Croatia 2
5. Montenegro 2
6. Netherlands 2