After your victory against Paris (34-33, 19th day), you are more than ever in fourth place in the Starligue, with a 14th victory in sight against Créteil. Even better than last season (fifth in the end)….
“I think we have continued the momentum of last season, finding our game. Everyone has taken a small dose of more maturity, which means that we have more points than last year, with 13 wins and a draw. Not bad ! Even if we still have three one-goal losses hanging over our throats. »
With five losses, including only one at home, all is well in the league. The only downside: elimination at Veszprém in the European League, right?
“In the European League, everything was decided on the second leg and we were eliminated, on a bad day and a big slump of 18 minutes (one goal). »
How do you approach the coming of Créteil (20th day) this Sunday at the Lighthouse?
“We approach each match in the same way, whether it is Paris or Créteil. Even if you know that against PSG you have to be more vigilant, there are other physical abilities with Syprak, Kristopans, Steins for example, you have to be ready, with less room for error. But against Créteil, we consider that it is also important.
You can, in addition, widen the gap on your direct pursuer Toulouse…
” It’s true. Toulouse is going to Paris (this Sunday March 19) and Nantes (Sunday March 26). It’s the right time for us to widen the gap as much as possible before receiving them after the break and Nîmes before the break. Créteil: good team in attack, a lot of individual initiatives taken by the backs including the Brazilian Thiago Alves Ponciano (on the left), Bruno Butorac on the other side, Kylian Rigault and Djordje Djekic in the center half (6/7 during the success against Dunkirk 34-30 at the beginning of March). We will have to be vigilant in defense and the goalkeepers too. Because at any time, it can go away. »
A word about your selection, Bosnia. What are the next deadlines?
“We have two important matches for qualification for the next Euro in April, with Slovenia at home and another meeting in Montenegro (Irfan Smajlagic, former winger for Ivry, Nîmes and Livry-Gargan, replaced the former Chambery coach Ivica Obrvan). We are currently in the best third, good to go to the Euro if we stay ahead of Georgia, third in another pool. »