Erfurt (AP) - Herbert Müller from the seven-time champions Thuringian HC has criticized the German handball players for their previous performances at the European Championship in Denmark, but gives them good chances for the further course of the tournament.

In an interview with the “Free Word” (Thursday), the THC coach said that the 23:42 defeat against his tournament favorites Norway reminded him of the 6-0 win against Spain by the national soccer team.

«A handball nation like Germany cannot perform like this.

We aim to close the gap to the world's best on an international scale.

But so far the EM has been a step backwards on this path. "

Müller, also coach of the Austrian women's national team, believes the team lacks the basics.

«Things like aggressiveness in cover, switching play or solving 1: 1 situations.

In some positions, I'm thinking of the outside, we have too little choice.

We Germans are less talented in handball and need hard work for it, ”said the 58-year-old.

Müller believes that a success against Hungary on Saturday could give the DHB team a tailwind.

«In addition to Corona, this EM has some unknowns, as the results in the parallel group with world champions Holland show.

Nobody expected that Croatia would advance unbeaten as group winners here. "


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