Dylan Nahi: 'We took an option'
On Thursday night, Paris Saint-Germain Handball claimed a big win away to Celje (24-37) in the first leg of their EHF Champions League last 16 tie. Jesus Gonzalez, Dylan Nahi and Benoît Kounkoud gave us their thoughts on the important win.
Jesus Gonzalez (assistant coach of Paris Saint-Germain Handball):
"The key to the game was the first half, where we were able to unleash our counter-attacks perfectly. Everyone was able to get some game time and that is very important for us. Even when the team had a ten-goal lead, they kept accelerating. So we were able to try different systems. We have to keep this state of mind! Last week, Chambéry could not play. But they are a team that has been performing well for a few games. We will have only one day to prepare for this game, because we rest on Friday. It is necessary so that the players can recover. "
Dylan Nahi (Paris Saint-Germain Handball left wing):
"It was a big game from the team in all areas. We knew how to defend well by intercepting balls, by playing well out of defence and then taking our chances. We stayed focused the whole game and stayed professional until the end, which explains this massive scoreline. We watched plenty of video and saw how we had to defend. We were able to counter them. We took an option on the quarters, but there is still the return leg. In the meantime, we are focused on the Lidl StarLigue and Chambéry. During our week of lockdown, we worked well at home thanks to the physios. We did not let ourselves get complacent. "
Benoît Kounkoud (right wing of Paris Saint-Germain Handball):
"We are satisfied, because we had a full game! We played 60 minutes of high-level handball. We just came back from a week where we were locked down. We wanted to play! We had no excuse not to give it our all. We wanted to run and have fun, and that's what we did. We're only halfway there, but we can be happy. We are in a good position ahead of the return leg, which will be at home. Sunday will be an important game against Chambéry. The objective is to continue our perfect record in Lidl StarLigue. We're taking it game by game. "