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Women’s Pre-Olympic Corner, by Diego Soto

by Claudio Bluck

As of today we will begin to deliver a series of comments regarding the participation of the teams that represent our continent in the most important tournaments and that will be in charge of outstanding coaches, from whom we will ask their opinion. For this Women’s Pre-Olympic Tournament where Argentina wil try qualifies against local Spain and Sweden, Diego Soto (Technical Director of the SC América Handball Development Commission) will give us his comments.

La Garra on its way to Tokyo

The dispute for the qualifying competition for the Tokyo 2020 Games is more open than ever. Argentina can accompany Brazil on behalf of the region to such an important appointment. Senegal at the last moment gave up participation and left the competition with three teams; Spain, organizer and current World runner-up, and Sweden, which has just classified in 11th place in the last European Tournament, complete the event.

The qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Games has become for the three teams in a sprint, in which whoever makes the most of the opportunities of it, will get the glory. Argentina will start its journey on the second day against Sweden, knowing the result of this in its confrontation against the host. This fact, and how the competition is arranged, can make this match decisive and could qualify Argentina in case of victory.

How the teams come:
The Swedish team has in its ranks a combination of experienced players with many international competitions and on the other hand a block of younger players who do not have as much international experience. The reference of the Scandinavians are Roberts on the side, Blohm on the pivot and Petrem on the right side.

For his part and led by experienced Dady Gallardo, the evolution of Argentina in recent years is remarkable. Obtaining the best classification in its history in the world past clearly means that we are facing a team in ascending progression. Reference players such as Elke Karsten, Malena Cavo and Marisol Carratú contribute their quality and experience and are the base that makes Argentina grow in search of achieving its first victory against a European team.

The Keys to the Game:
The keys to the historic event may happen because Argentina brings out its greater competitive capacity and is capable of preventing Sweden from playing comfortable during the match. The defensive aspect becomes key, where stopping the coordinative play of the front row that enables the distance throwing of its most outstanding players and that they feel the discomfort of an active defense could be considered transcendental. On the other hand, minimizing offensive errors, where LA GARRA’s attacks know how to value possession of the ball and not allow the Swedes to come out quickly on the counterattack, they will most likely be able to play the game in the way most convenient to Argentina.

The precedents invite us to think that although Argentina does not start as a favorite in this pre-Olympic, the first match against Sweden seems the right moment to achieve it, without forgetting that the last day faces Spain, which depending on the previous results could be a second chance at this tournament. The progression of the national teams in the region is remarkable and there is a certain possibility that this will happen.

Without a doubt, as of today, we are all THE CLAW!

Diego Soto

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