Raul Gonzalez: 'Our next opponent? We don't mind'
On Tuesday afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Handball ended their EHF Champions League group stage with a victory against Elverum (29-44). The match originally scheduled for Thursday against Szeged was cancelled - and won by Les Rouge et Bleu - following COVID cases in the Hungarian team. Check the reactions from Raul Gonzalez, Luc Steins and Dylan Nahi.
Raul Gonzalez (Paris Saint-Germain Handball coach):
"We can be happy with our match. Turns out it was our last one, as we were awarded the victory against Szeged. Today, everyone played and stayed focused for the 60 minutes. The group stage was complicated. We started off badly... We were then lucky enough to be able to play for first place, even though we couldn't quite catch it. We hope to finish second; it will depend on the match between Kielce and Flensburg. But the real Champions League will start after that. We would have liked to finish first, but we will still have every chance in the Round of 16. It doesn't matter to us who we ill face in the next round. The most important thing is that we are in good shape!"
Luc Steins (Paris Saint-Germain Handball centre-half):
"Right from the start, we put a lot of energy into defence and playing the ball out of defences. In attack, we were also good. We started well and we controlled the rest of the match well. Now we will watch the match between Kielce and Flensburg to see if we will finish second (for that, we need a defeat for the Poles). The Champions League is of a very high level and I'm very happy to take part in it."
Dylan Nahi (Paris Saint-Germain Handball left-winger):
"It was a good match for the team, defensively as well as offensively. We were able to quickly take the game in hand. That's what made the difference. We performed well in both halves! It's a great win and we're happy. I'm only moderately satisfied with our group stage, because we lost four matches. We hope to finish second in the group, that would be good. Now come the really important matches! We'll have to be even more vigilant and make as few mistakes as possible."
Les Parisiens s'imposent largement !— PSG Handball (@psghand) March 2, 2021
Il n'y aura pas de matchs face au @pickhandball en raison de cas de Covid dans l'équipe hongroise. Maintenant les 🔴🔵 attendent le face à face entre @kielcehandball et @SGFleHa : une victoire allemande et Paris terminerait 2ème. pic.twitter.com/JAzndiIU5q