Who will be Paris' Player of the Month for May?
Paris Saint-Germain Handball's month of May ended with four wins from five matches - and the title of Champions of France. Who do you think was our best player in this period?
Despite Les Rouge et Bleu's failure to qualify fro the Velux EHF Champions League Final4, Nedim Remili was on fire against Kielce (35-26). The France international top-scored in the match with an incredible 13 from 15, a performance that saw him named as right-back in the Best 7 for the quarter-final return legs. In the Lidl Starligue, he also shone, scoring 21 times in four outings (including a seven-goal haul against Pontault-Combault, which earned him a place in the Best 7 for the round). He finished the month with a team-high 34 goals in all competitions.
🥁🥁🥁— AJPH (@AJPHandball) May 31, 2019
Découvrez quels joueurs se sont distingués lors de cette avant dernière journée de @LidlStarligue !
Une #DreamTeam de haute-volée, approuvée par notre partenaire @lequipe.
➡ Des joueurs élus par des joueurs
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Meanwhile, Uwe Gensheimer bagged 23 goals in five appearances in May. As is his wont, the German left-winger brought more than a sprinkling of style to his clinical finishing. He produced his trademark wrist shots to great effect in Poland and away to Saint-Raphaël in the Lidl Starligue (33-31) but also hit a superb strike against Nîmes at Coubertin, converting Viran Morros' long pass. Against USAM, Uwe beat opposing 'keepers Rémi Desbonnet and Paul Téodor seven times at a 78% clip to top score in the match.
Cutting edge was what sticks in the mind when thinking of Luka Karabatic's performances in May. Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain Handball pivot proved particularly sharp in from of goal, as his 3 from 3 away to Aix-en-Provence can attest (20-29). That evening, the France international harked back to his origins as a tennis player, beating 'keeper Wesley Pardin with a smash that any Roland Garros contender would be proud of. While he proved extremely solid in defence, as he usually does, again Nîmes, he also provided plenty of headaches for their defence, striking six times (from seven shots).
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Luka's rearguard companion Viran Morros once again proved the bugbear of opposing attacks in May, but also managed to shock everyone by getting forward to score the odd goal of his own. In the league, he fired 2 from 2 against Aix and Saint-Raphaël as well as bagging one goal against Pontault-Combault. Solid defensively, he also got forward to cap off counter-attacks. His immense work rate also helped his side not to concede many goals and also to convert quick attacks, as was the case against Nîmes (41-29).
One of the main beneficiaries of Viran's vigilance was the Spaniard's compatriot Rodrigo Corrales in goal. Thanks to his defenders - but of course also his immense talent - the 'keeper made no fewer than 23 saves in May. On Wednesday, in the Lidl Starligue, he gutted the Pontault-Combault attack (23-39) with seven saves at 41%. With one match left to play in the league campaign, he sits tenth on the saves table with 162 (36%). In the Velux EHF Champions League, against Kielce, he kept his side in the tie for long stretches, making five saves.
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