Fri, September 20, 2013

French coach slams Canada's performance in bronze medal game

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency


French national team head coach Bruno Bini said France was better than Canada for 91 minutes of their bronze medal match on Thursday. (AFP)


COVENTRY, ENGLAND - When Bruno Bini walked into his post-game press conference, he was introduced by the attending press relations officer.

“The coach of the team from France,” said the officer and it sounded like Bini said: “Former coach.”

A little gallows humour, but the fact of the matter is his team did everything but win the game.

The French directed 25 shots at the Canadian to Canada’s four. Canada’s only shot on goal resulted in the lone goal in the game with 10 seconds left in injury time.

“Sometimes you can give everything and it’s not enough to win,” said Bini through and interpreter. “It’s just like in love. Sometimes you can put everything and afterwards she is still going to walk away. We didn’t get this medal. You can me any other questions and I don’t have an answer. We only have eyes for crying right now.

“We were so much better than Canada from the first minute until the 91st minute. They didn’t cross the centre line,” he said. “What can I say?”

When it was suggested the winning goal by Canada’s Diana Matheson might have been offside, Bini took the high road.

“We don’t have anything to say about the referee. Some teams have big mouths. It’s my philosophy, the philosophy of our staff and the philosophy of the French team. Don’t expect me talk about the referees. We just have to accept it.”

When asked if he was talking about Canada’s criticism of the referees after their semifinal loss to the Americans, Bini said: “I forbid you to interpret my remarks that way. I’m not talking about the Canadian team. I’m just talking about my team. I don’t care about the other teams.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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