Nedim Remili: 'Take third place'
On Monday afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Handball lost to Barcelona (37-32) in their Velux EHF Champions League semi-final at the Final4 in Cologne. Raul Gonzalez and Nedim Remili gave us their thoughts on the match.
Raul Gonzalez (Paris Saint-Germain Handball coach):
"Congratulations to Barcelona. I think they managed to stay sharp in attack throughout the match by making a lot of good shots. In the second half, we tried to make up for our missed shots, but we didn't succeed. Barcelona's defense was solid and their attack was effective. The various absences - like Nikola (Karabatic), Luc (Steins) and Henrik (Toft Hansen) - were difficult to make up for. It had a big effect on our playing system and on the match as a whole."
Nedim Remili (Paris Saint-Germain Handball right-back):
"We wanted to start this match with high intensity. Barcelona managed their rotations well to maintain the pace for 60 minutes. They were better and more focused. This defeat leaves us with regrets, but we tried to fight with every weapon at our disposal. The 7 against 6 didn't necessarily work, but we fought. We lost two players in less than two days and Niko's absence remains detrimental. We gave everything... Now we have to look ahead to the third-place play-off. It's not a match to be sneezed at. It's going to be physically complicated, but we have to pull ourselves together and take third place. It is one of the most amazing competitions and we will give our best to win the match on Tuesday."