Yes, our matches weren’t always very good in terms of results, but there were a lot of positives to remember. So we worked a lot to process these first league matches. We had a great performance at Tremblay and against Villeurbanne, we got the result we wanted for…
Yes, our matches weren’t always very good in terms of results, but there were a lot of positives to remember. So we worked a lot to process these first league matches. We had a great performance at Tremblay and against Villeurbanne, we got the result we wanted for our first game at home. We managed a very complete match during the first 45 minutes.
With seven new players, the mix is not necessarily easy to make, do you feel you are on the right track?
Yes, seven recruits is a lot. Precisely, we started the tactical work on the offensive and defensive plans quite early, so we are starting to assimilate the systems well. Above all, we sent a team spirit that I have rarely seen take on so early in the season. It’s only more and it allows you to progress faster.
Is defense in handball the key to success like in other disciplines?
Yes, it can make games easier to defend well and score goals on fast-moving balls. This is one of the strengths of our team.
Defending isn’t the most fun, comment on enjoys it?
To see the opposing team struggling to score while we are going to score easy goals, it certainly attacks the mentality of the opponent and the score can swell quite quickly. Against Villeurbanne, we had prepared this meeting well, both in terms of video and preparation for training. We knew what our opponents were going to offer and we adapted our defense accordingly. So they didn’t have many solutions on their combinations.
Last season, you were voted best right back in Proligue, what were the criteria taken into account?
I don’t know precisely. The main criteria must be the number of goals scored and the impact in the team.
Scoring 160 goals for 62% success, can we talk about a big performance?
Yes it’s a good season with a good percentage for a back. I am very happy. Afterwards, I chose Bordeaux for other collective objectives. We hope to achieve them over the years while continuing to progress individually and why not obtain this title. But it is above all the team that prevails.
Why did you choose the BBL when you could have joined a Starligue club after such a season?
The Bordeaux club contacted me quite early. I was very interested in the long-term project. I was tempted very quickly, in addition, to work with Philippe Gardent, you can’t refuse. Last year, Denis Lathoud, another handball expert, was my coach in Strasbourg, I also wanted to continue on this obtained after having had a good season in Alsace. It’s a bet to take up, I hope to achieve it.
You joined the Chambéry training center for 4 years, do you regret not having signed pro there?
I didn’t have enough playing time with Team 1 to be able to prove myself and sign a contract. Strasbourg contacted me and we were in the middle of Covid, so I signed there and the club gave me my chance for my first professional contract. And I spent two great seasons there.
You were part of the golden generation of 1998 with two World titles in U19 and U21, a European title in U18, how did you experience this prosperous period in the French team?
This success has made us progress in terms of experience. These are unforgettable moments and I hope to find similarities with the clubs. Because the French team, we don’t see each other all the time, but we had a core that was always more or less the same and affinities were created over time, weeks of training and intense stages. Today, we are all in professional clubs in D2, in D1 in France and even abroad so it is always great to continue to see each other in certain matches.
Friday, you face Cherbourg who was finalist of the play-offs last season, what kind of match should we expect?