Robin Dourte: 'Tremblay didn't give an inch'

In Sunday evening, Paris Saint-Germain Handball got the better of a valiant Tremblay side to punch their ticket for the Coupe de France quarters (32-34). After the match, Raul Gonzalez, Kim Ekdahl du Rietz and Robin Dourte gave their thoughts on the derby in.

Raul Gonzalez (Paris Saint-Germain Handball coach):
"The derby was very tough… Tremblay played really well! Their quick-playing style posed us a lot of problems in the first 30 minutes. We were much better in the second half, especially in getting to the ball quickly. I'm very happy with this win as we were a bit tired after our match on Thursday in Nantes. When we play, we play to win. We made it through this stage, now we have to do it all again in the quarters."

Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (Paris Saint-Germain Handball left-back):
"We weren't necessarily expecting this kind of match. There are a lot of things we can improve on! Tremblay made our lives pretty tough… But we knew that if we could just play our game, we would level it back up. I'm happy we qualified. Be it in the Velux EHF Champions League or the Coupe de France, we owe it to ourselves to win our matches."

Robin Dourte (Paris Saint-Germain Handball pivot):
"We knew this match would be pretty complicated. We saw that in November when they travelled to Coubertin. They're a team who don't give up and who push forward all the time. In front of their fans, it's even tougher! They got a bit tired as the match played out, and we managed to lift our game in every area to get in front. The Coupe de France is one of our objectives, so it's important that we go all the way."

(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)