Hand – C1 (H) – Kentin Mahé: “Everyone would have liked to finish with a smile”

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Hand – C1 (H) – Kentin Mahé: “Everyone would have liked to finish with a smile”

“Isn’t it a bit cruel to lose on a penalty shootout (34-34, 3-1 on pens), for 3rd place against Kiel?
Yes and no. Honestly Saturday’s defeat (37-35 in the semi-final against Kielce) was more cruel. But against Niklas Landin (Kiel goalkeeper), it’s not easy, he’s big, he takes up space. In fact, it’s annoying because we end on a bad note. Everyone would have liked to finish with a smile because we deserved it.

What happens when Niklas Landin comes to talk to you before the penalty you have to shoot three seconds from the end of regulation time, while Veszprem is trailing by one goal?
The referee makes me understand that I can let the time run out (the remaining 3 seconds) and shoot afterwards. But I can also shoot right away. It’s me who decides at this time. There are three seconds left, Landin comes to me and asks me if I’m going to shoot or not. I tell him “no, no, I’m not shooting”, he tells me “Are you sure? “. I do like that while laughing, after I respected my words and I let time pass.

“We missed a bit of madness in the semi-finals. »

You have to have guts to score at that time…
Yes but I like it! After (on the penalty shootout), instead of Rasmus (Laude, who misses), maybe I should have gone.

On this Final Four, what are you missing to at least reach the final?
A bit of madness in the semi-finals. Kielce had this carelessness. The Icelandic centre-half has never played a big game and he scores an important goal. Kulesh who is not having a great season, there he is having a great game. They don’t ask questions. It’s that madness.

Now, finally the holidays!
Yes ! I’m going with family. It will do us a lot of good because we all have in mind the sequence with the preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo where France was crowned Olympic champion. There, it’s cool that we can breathe. It will be good, not only physically. Mentally too. The recovery will be on July 29th.

The 4th medal, they have to stop with that. I have to talk to them. Anything !

What are you going to do with the medal for 4th place, you who had already been annoyed during the Euro in January with the Blues?
They have to stop with that. I have to talk to them, we have to stop. Anything ! I will offer it to a fan, he will be happy.

Are you going to watch the final between Barcelona and Kielce?
Yes, with a little foam (beer) at the hotel! »

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