In the heat and in front of copiously filled stands, the two professional teams in full pre-season preparation did not play a friendly match, strictly speaking, but rather supervised training, an opposition in order to repeat the ranges. Moreover, one of the attractions of this evening in Langon was the presence of Michaël Guigou, triple Olympic champion, quadruple world champion and triple European champion in the blue jersey.
After 20 seasons spent in Montpellier and then the last three in Nîmes, the newly retired winger joined the staff of the Gard club. He assigned himself to the preparation of the Nîmes: “We had a very good week of preparation at Temple-sur-Lot, the coach wants to put a lot of things in place, especially in terms of defense. We were able to see what has been recorded and the work that remains to be done. I think it’s an opposition that was perfect for both teams, to gauge each other, to have a little more rotation. It was very interesting and bodes well for the rest of the preparation. »
“A good initiative”
Another emblematic figure of French handball, world champion in 1995 with the “Barjots”, was present in the person of Philippe Gardent. And for good reason, the former coach of Chambéry, Paris-Saint-Germain or Toulouse Fenix, is today at the head of the BBL, with the desire to restore a place for Bordeaux handball on the map of the club. ‘Hexagon.
Also known to the general public for his role as a consultant on TF1 alongside Grégoire Margotton during major handball events, Philippe Gardent was satisfied with the opposition against Nîmes in Langon: “We are at the start of the preparation phase, it’s the first time we’ve made contact with “foreigners”, we’ve been living independently for about ten days so it’s nice to be confronted with a D1. It’s really good for us, there is a physical density that there is not necessarily in D2 or N1. And even for them (Nîmes), it’s not bad too, they obviously have more talent than us, it allows them to fine-tune their settings. It was a good initiative, I take this opportunity to thank Langon for receiving us. »