The match will not remain in the annals of technical mastery but this final of the Eurotournoi, in Sélestat this Sunday evening, between PSG and Nantes, will at least have demonstrated that the two tenors of the previous exercise will still be so this season. As in the previous Championship, Paris beat Nantes (30-29) to put its name on the list for the fourth time (2013, 2014, 2018). A success that could have been more substantial (evidenced by the lead at the break, 17-11), but Nantes raised the level of their game afterwards, well helped by Parisians who were a little less concentrated.
“In the second half, we pass behind the back, we think we are in the NBA. We can’t play like that against a team like Nantes. We have the right to fail but not to be sufficient., considered calmly but firmly, Nikola Karabatic. The international back, invaluable in the first act to stabilize both attack and defence, did not play after the break. A will of Raul Gonzalez, the PSG coach, who gave everyone playing time, especially the young Gauthier Loredon (pivot) and Sadou Ntanzi (center half), who had the merit of daring. Logic in a preparation match.
“Playing our game without showing everything”
Grégory Cojean, the new coach of Nantes, did the same. Hence a lack of continuity in the game of duelists. What’s more, they will meet again on Saturday September 3 in Poitiers for the Trophée des Champions, which marks the official start of the season. A fool’s game then? “We wanted to play our game without showing everything. Opposite, they played their game without showing everything., slipped into a small smile Grégory Cojean, former assistant to Alberto Entrerrios, who left for Limoges. This time, his team couldn’t develop the fast game he loves. And in placed attack, the Nantes people experienced a lot of waste (lost bullets, off-target shots, poorly negotiated counter-attacks).
On the Parisian side, the new pair of goalkeepers (Green and Palicka) again showed very good dispositions. Just like Elohim Prandi, author of a great start to the match: 5/5 in the first period including the first three goals for PSG. Then, the left-back dropped in efficiency (0/4 in the second half) like the French champions, still deprived of two recruits, Dominik Mathé (knee) and Yoann Gibelin (shin), and still without his captain Luka Karabatic (foot).
“The essential is there, it allows us to see what we are capable of”
“Then the goalkeeper (Ivan Pesic) adapted. There are once or twice where I should have scored. But we have to know how to play differently. I preferred to provoke goal situations, to make passes. Everything is not perfect, we must correct certain points. The main thing is there, it allows us to see what we are capable of and we must base ourselves on that”, confided Elohim Prandi, named best young person of the Eurotournoi, at 24 years old. “What an honor to still be so young. It remains a reward, I take it with honor »appreciated the Parisian.