Handball. 10 days, 5 lessons: what is Caen’s start to the season worth?

The Vikings have communed six times after a win this season. In ten games, this first assessment is positive. ©Aline Châtel

Sixth of Proleaguethe Caen Handball succeeded in his first third of the championship made of series: three wins, four losses and again three wins before facing Billère, this Friday, November 25, 2022. Five lessons from this start to the season.

A good balance sheet

With six wins and four losses, Caen’s record is positive. The Vikings have three points more than last season at the same time. “Are we in the nails? Yes. “ Roch Bedos is satisfied with this intermediate passage, even if he considers that two additional victories were possible. “We made a non-game against Massy and we could have played the game otherwise at Tremblay. The performance of this start to the season remains the victory obtained as a starter ahead of Saran, currently fourth.

12 points after 10 days is not bad for a year of confirmation. We must seek to do better.

Roch Bedos

Young people respond

Caen had made the bet to rejuvenate said this team. Risk taking pays off. The results are positive and the game is more attractive. “We run more than before, perhaps defeating more balls on the side. On an individual level, Yannis Mancelle’s experimentation is responsible for feeding the goal counter with 57 achievements this season. But the young people are there. Francisco Pereira, known as Kiko, had launched his season perfectly, as had his sidekick in the lead, Hugo Jullian. Gautier Crépel and Émilien Deschamps perform defensively. Alexandre Abily is gaining momentum, like Maxime Ermolenko and Ryad Lakbi.

The Viking with character

The last match against Villeurbanne reminded us: “this team has resources”. The Caennais are able to pinch without breaking. For a young team, this is far from trivial. “There are a few air pockets, but on this ability to never give up which allows us to be in this position. We don’t crack. “ Little used in their previous club, the newcomers have managed to establish themselves as executive players despite their lack of experience. The management of the pressure was however a legitimate question of the off-season.

Even being mistreated, this team does not flinch. There is guts. It is a quality to be noted and above all to be cultivated.

Roch Bedos

A delicate goalkeeper position

This is Caen Handball’s Achilles’ heel. As goalkeeper, Alan Santos is disappointing. The Brazilian had started the season with a cannonball. He then collapsed. Even the slight improvement observed in recent weeks is hardly reassuring. “We lack consistency in the goalkeeper position, observes Roch Bedos. He is able to go from 15, 16 saves to three. We need regularity, not necessarily outbursts. This failed us in some matches, especially against Massy and Tremblay. Alan comes back a bit. I expect more serenity from him. Alan Santos runs at 27.9% saves. His partner, Théo Géhin, was injured for a long time. His short playing time was not more conclusive (22.9% saves).

Accessible dams

To speak of play-offs at Caen Handball after ten days is to take the risk of being sent back to its 22 meters. Nevertheless, the Vikings currently occupy a place that will allow them to play these final stages. Therefore, the question of their ability to reach them arises… “We will see in March, slice Roch Bedos. If we’re still in the top six, we’ll watch that. The most important thing is to continue to improve our game. For the moment, the playoffs are very far away. The gap is so small… Cherbourg, 12ᵉ, is two wins away. It is a very homogeneous championship. “After three wins in a row, Caen hopes to capitalize before the truce. He has five games left for that. “We will have to take points at home and get one or two games away. The Normans will be in Billère, ninth, this Friday, November 25 (8:30 p.m.).

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