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European Handball Championship: Portugal draws with Netherlands, leaving pre-Olympic accounts open – Handball

European Handball Championship: Portugal draws with Netherlands, leaving pre-Olympic accounts open – Handball

Paulo Pereira: “I'm on the right track when they call me crazy.”

Coach Paulo Pereira considered that Portugal far exceeded expectations, despite the defeat against Sweden, the European champions. “We almost always play away from home. It was a match against a team with the best athletes in the world, in the best teams in the world, so I am very proud of the athletes, who are performing at a European Championship even higher.” “Expectations,” the coach considered in statements to Lusa. Paulo Pereira continued his logic: “If they had told us, at the beginning of the competition, that we would go to the Lanxess Arena, in Cologne, they would probably have called us crazy. But I like it when people call me crazy a lot. Sometimes, it's a sign that I'm on a good path.” Having missed the semi-finals, Portugal has other goals, more realistic according to its situation: “Our main goal is to go to the pre-Olympic stage and we are about to get there. Only if some disaster happens, but I don't think so.” “It will happen. Let's see. Let's wait a little longer,” added the national coach. “We now have a match against the Netherlands and we will focus on it, against a team that plays every game. We have to play well, but I think we are very close to achieving this goal,” stressed the 58-year-old coach. Old coach.

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