Tonight we had a very big start, our defense was really good and in place. And it allowed me to make many saves! We managed to reproduce the kind of starts that we had made against Sélestat and it’s really the right thing against a team like Chambery. In the second half, it became more aggressive and it was a little more effective, but we still managed to maintain our large lead to win. We really had to make an impression. It is a really good mathematical and psychological operation, now all the lights are green. I had already played at the Park & Suites Arena and it was something to be so public, but now with the shirt of Montpellier on the back, it was really hard.
On Friday night most of the games of LNH round 7 were played. PSG were guests to Saint-Raphael, the super team from Paris with easy win stays on the top of the scoreboard of French national league.
We needed to make a game like that, all together, after our two defeats in the league in recent weeks. We were much more present collectively, finding good solutions to the particular ball play. It is a success that is good for the head and classification before we all go on our national teams.
Toulouse Sélestat 31-22 (11-12)
40 big minutes and then nothing. Or almost. This is what happened on Friday evening on the floor of Alsace Toulouse. Thus in the first half, the game was rather tight, even for the benefit of visitors (3-3 at 4 ‘and 7-10 in 23’ and 11-12 at 30 ‘). But in the second half of the game, Fenix has gradually swept away everything in its path. The new goalkeeper, Wesley Pardin (17 saves) pull down the curtain while Nemanja Ilic (7 goals) and Jerome Fernandez (6 goals) fueled the attack. And if the SAHB held (16-16 to 41’), it felt like it was only on a wire. The solutions in attack were exhausting gradually Pawel Podsiadło seemed increasingly alone (8 goals). Then the hard work of undermining paid off for Fenix who flew to the safe goal difference (21-16 in the 47th and 29-21 at 58 ‘). The home team pocketed another victory at home and settled at a nice 4th place.
Nimes Dunkerque 23-25 (12-11)
Affected by the fact that they fail to win in the Champions League and the energy it took for this competition, Dunkirk every week could be off the road in the league. And their opponents know this and took the opportunity to push them into making mistakes. Almost every time, Patrick Cazal’s players have managed to get out of where they were cornered. And once again, they have demonstrated that they had turned a corner on the floor of Nimes. Without being brilliant they were clearly pushed throughout the meeting (12-11 at the break and 17-16 at 42′), they found the resources in the key moments (17-20 at 49 ‘ and 23-24 at 59), to extract the 2 points. Pierre Soudrys (6 goals) has once again been decisive on the offensive side, as Benjamin Afgour (5 goals). On the goal line, the pair Gerard / Annotel (19 saves) will also take the best of its counterpart, Idrissi pointing to 17 saves. Dunkirk is the second spot on French league ranking while Nimes peak in 9th place.
Patrick Cazal (coach Dunkerque): We are very happy to have won this game against Nimes and stay in 2nd place just before the international break because it is really difficult for us to move from one competition to another. It is a loss of confidence and clarity on the Champions League with the feeling of not being in and it is not simple then return to focus on the league. There is little or no time to prepare for the games and we lack rotations. We must deal. We are therefore pleased to have taken these points and I appreciate is the courage shown by my players to get back in this game because we were behind. It happens to limit the damage.