Back to Europe for PSG. After the successful interlude in the league and a great victory in Nîmes (32-25), the Parisians are opposed, this Thursday, to Motor Zaporozhye, the Ukrainian champion. Still in the race despite an average start in the Champions League, Raul Gonzalez’s players must make logic speak against one of the opponents, a priori, within his reach in this group.
Finally shine in Europe
The paradox of last year plays an extension. In the league, Paris is a real steamroller. His victory in Nîmes, in the duel of the leaders last Saturday, with in particular a stratospheric Vincent Gérard (42% of stops) made the champion of France a logical contender for his succession, after only five days. Except that, as in the previous season, it is much less obvious on the European scene.
In three outings, the Parisians first experienced defeat (in Veszprém), success (against Bucharest), and finally an unexpected draw in Flensburg, despite a good performance. Anything other than a win would put them in a very awkward position before attacking the heavyweight, starting next week, in Barcelona.
Zaporozhye is not the announced victim
Group B is the toughest of the competition. As proof of this, we have the various results that occurred during the first three days. Of the supposed favorites, none have yet managed to refuel. Even the Catalan ogre has known defeat. As for the Germans of Flensburg, they are the last to be weighed down by a disastrous start. Currently 5th, PSG will not have an easy game against the Ukrainians (7th) who are only one point behind. Only beaten by a goal in Kielce, they will have nothing to lose at Coubertin.
There has been little face-to-face between the Ukrainian club and PSG. The only double confrontation dates from the 2018-2019 season, where the capital club had won twice by six lengths. This summer, Zaporozhye signed Croatian Luka Šebetić, who made Tremblay’s heyday for the past four years, and Lithuanian Jonas Truchanovičius (ex-Montpellier), injured since the start of the season.
A Dantesque end of the month
Serious things start with this match against Motor. And the rest will be of a whole new caliber, with a series of particularly tough meetings for the Karabatic brothers and their teammates. Sunday, it will be the championship with the reception of Chambéry, a team always difficult to maneuver. In a week, the first trip in a series of four to Barça, European title holder, is scheduled.
Next in the championship Montpellier, the other French club engaged in the Champions League (the 24th), the Poles of Kielce (the 27th), and finally Aix (the 30th). At the end of these five meetings, we will have a little more on the real claims of the Parisians.