The French volleyball team was swept three sets to zero by Italy in the semi-final of Euro 2023 this Thursday.
Earvin Ngapeth (receiver-forward of France, beaten 3-0 in the semi-finals of Euro-2023): “I don’t know if we can call this defeat a slap in the face. Physically, we weren’t all well. If we play and we’re all good, I don’t have my knee problem, it’s not the same match, it’s not the same preparation, we had to juggle all that. They were superior to us, there is nothing to say, they played better than us. When you lose like that, you have to lower your head, work and think about what’s next (…) I’m not worried, we weren’t playing on equal terms, because we had too many physical problems. It remains positive to have reached this point and to be able to play for a medal (bronze on Saturday against Slovenia, Editor’s note) despite all our problems.