Suara.com – French coach Jean Luc Vannuchi admitted that his team needed hard work to beat Senegal in the last 16 of the 2023 U-17 World Cup, Wednesday (22/11/2023).
Playing at the Newsdelivers.com International Stadium (JIS), France secured a ticket to the quarter-finals of the 2023 U-17 World Cup through a penalty shootout which ended with a score of 5-3.
France U-17 National Team footballer Paul Argney tries to block a kick from Senegal U-17 National Team player Clayton Diandy in the round of 16 match of the 2023 U-17 World Cup at the Newsdelivers.com International Stadium (JIS), Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (22/11/2023). (Suara.com/Alfian Winanto)
The winner was decided via penalty shootout after France and Senegal ended normal time with a score of 0-0.
Throughout the match, Senegal, which relied on speed, was quite troublesome for the French defense. Especially in the second half where France was pressed by Senegal.
On the other hand, the young French troops also had many opportunities, but they couldn’t convert them into goals.
“This was a very difficult match for us, in the first half I thought it was a good duel for us, but in the second half it was very difficult. Because Senegal was very strong,” explained Jean Luc Vannuchi to Suara.com at Mixzone JIS match age.
“There’s a lot of contact, they play direct, that’s not the same philosophy as teams in Europe, so we have to adapt,” he continued.
“In the second half a lot of players were tired, but this is the World Cup I understand, the game is always high intensity, Senegal is clearly a very strong team.”
“I don’t know how many chances we had, I will observe and look back at this match to find out why we didn’t score (in normal time).”
“But the point is that when we got the ball we immediately lost the ball again.”
French U-17 National Team footballer Nhoa Sangui celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against the Senegal U-17 National Team in the penalty shootout in the round of 16 match of the 2023 U-17 World Cup at the Newsdelivers.com International Stadium (JIS), Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (22/11/2023). (Suara.com/Alfian Winanto)
Furthermore, Jean Luc Vannuchi admitted that he had anticipated that the winner of the match would be determined by a penalty shootout. He gave special training before the match.
As a result, the French players had no difficulty executing the penalty. Meanwhile, Senegal, one of the executors failed to beat French goalkeeper Paul Argney.
“Yes, there is special training, we work every day at the tournament and when you are in that situation the pressure is very hard and it is not the same as training,” he explained.
“Just kick it horizontally, because the goalkeeper is too high. So I think he is good at high balls. So I think it will be difficult for him to take a flat ball and jump,” he said.
In the quarter-finals, France will face Uzbekistan. The match will be held at Manahan Stadium, Solo on November 25.
On paper, France is favored over Uzbekistan. However, the opponent still cannot be underestimated. Due to the fact, Uzbekistan managed to beat Iran, which is listed as one of the strong teams in this tournament.
Jean Luc Vannuchi admits that he is still blind to Uzbekistan’s strength. However, he believes that the match will not be easy for France.
“I don’t know, I think Uzbekistan is a new team for us. I think they just qualified for the quarterfinals today,” he explained.
“But they are a good team, but we are working tonight and tomorrow morning to observe the Uzbekistan match,” concluded the 53-year-old coach.