Luc Steins: 'On their day, Chambéry are very dangerous'
On Sunday evening Paris Saint-Germain Handball play host to Chambéry for their Lidl Starligue Round 21 clash - an opportunity for our centre-half Luc Steins to give us his thoughts on Les Rouge et Bleus' upcoming opponents and also on his national team the Netherlands.
Psg.fr: After your victory in Celje (24-37), you already have a clash at home to looming Chambéry. How are you feeling heading into this match?
Luc Steins: The most important thing is to be at 100%. Chambéry are a very good team. They have had some ups and downs in terms of results. But if they are in shape, they will be very dangerous. Last week, we didn't play, so we're lacking a little bit of rhythm. On the other hand, we will be fresher! We have to pick up where we left off before the international break.
During the week, you turned in some good performances with the Netherlands. Are you satisfied?
We played good matches and we are second in our Euro 2022 qualifying group. We also just won in Poland! Before that, we drew in Slovenia, so we are well positioned to qualify. Our team needs to grow. It is composed of many young players who are constantly improving in several leagues.
Has signing for Paris given you more responsibility in the national team?
I don't know... The squad remains the same. All the players in the team have gone through the same process as me. They are making their mark in the most difficult leagues in Europe.
Is the Olympic Games in 2024, in Paris, a goal?
It is an ambition for us. I think it might come a bit early for us. We are aiming for 2028. But you never know. We will do everything we can to be there in 2024!
Extending your adventure with Paris will give you the opportunity to play alongside Nikola Karabatic. What does that mean to you?
It's great! He has a lot of experience. I know that I will learn a lot with him and that I will progress with him. It's huge for me! We don't necessarily have the same style. I think it's good for the Club to have different palettes.