Snatching record after record is not enough for PSG
Paris saint germain are breaking record after recording in 2013. They’d two to observe after their home win against Motor Zaporozhye in the Last match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase.
Their 26-points haul can be just a record high from the competition and so they added another game to their unbeaten home streak in Europe.
Since November 2014, they’ve played 36 games without being beaten from the Coubertin arena, which is an all time record.
“I didn’t know concerning the 36 games, but that is an additional reason to be more joyful we won tonight” acknowledges Luka Stepancic, the PSG right back.
“For me, it was important to acquire because it was clearly one of my last Champions League at home and I wanted to say thank you to the fans who make this remarkable atmosphere. ”
After winning the Champions League using HC Vardar two seasons before, trainer Raul Gonzalez is on the mission to win with his new team.
Although Paris delivered a near perfect effectiveness, losing only once by one goal in Szeged, the Spaniard insists that things, despite looking good, are not really a good sign of what is to come. “These numbers are anecdotes to me.
“This continues to be very, very far and a lot of things could happen until afterward,” he says.
From the quarter-finals, Paris will confront either Zaporozhye again or Kielce, a team they beat at the same stage last season, but there again, Gonzalez doesn’t want to devote too far away:
“It is good that the players will probably have two evenings to rest. We will not complain of skipping the Last 16, they have been always demanding games to win.
“Although we ended first and beat the records and that, this was not our goal. We WISh to go so much as you possibly can and also we know that every team in the quarterfinals really wants to visit Cologne. ”
His compatriot and goal keeper Rodrigo Corrales was notable from the win against Motor, saving sixteen shots, including two fines, in order to help his team capture the win.
Transferring into Cologne and losing last season has made Corrales even hungrier for victory from the Champions League. But does completing first and winning all those games in the group phase make Paris favourites to finally win the title?
“This is very much a networking thing, it isn’t as if we’re going to win such a thing because we’re favourites. The constructive factor is that within this group phase we did not play that well at times but managed to get the points. Today we now have over a month to work and prepare. ”