US News Handball: Montpellier with two faces

03:25  05 december  2021
03:25  05 december  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Patrice Canayer, l'entraîneur de Montpellier © Mao / Panoramic / Panoramic Patrice Canay, the Montpellier coach

Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde of French Handball. This is Montpellier this season. The Double Champion of Europe (2003 and 2018) has tried on Wednesday a seventh victory in a row in the Champions League in front of Zagreb (24-23) and only occupies the head of the Poule A. beaten to a single recovery, he ADVANCE KIEL, European monument to the four titles, the Danish Club of Aalborg, last finalist, or the Vardar Skopje, double laureate. Conversely, the MHB has made the worst startup of championship for three decades and its accession to the elite in 1992. Leaded by five defeats, it drags to anonymous 8th place and deplores six points behind Nantes and Aix-in -Provence, ex aequo in second place, qualifying for the next Champions League.

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" Has we've ever experienced an early championship as bad after 11 days? No. Our performances are mediocre , "says Patrice Canay. Post-Jo Season, lack of experience, calendar density and intensity raised: the manager and his players seek explanations to their inconstancy. " How do we go from 85% success to the shots in Elverum (Norway) at 52% against Chambéry? We produce formidable matches and then we make the last few minutes in Chambéry that scare. Are we less motivated in championship than in Champions League? I do not believe that. But it is difficult to maintain a level of play and concentration every three days. There is a weariness. You have your suitcase at home, you empty, you fill it up and you repair , "says Canayer. If young people, led by Kylian Villeminot or Julien Bos, have been a self-relief wheel to take over from disappointing recruits, they are singularly lacking. " Young people are learning high level, namely being very good every three days ," recalls Canayer.

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crazy rates injured to the abdominal belt in the Olympic final of Tokyo and the victim of a fracture to a finger, Valentin gate, 31 years and 153 selections at the counter, missed almost the first quarter of season. Relay of the coach, the captain left a big emptiness. The other international, Hugo Descate, whimsical left and successor of Michaël Guigou, wife for his side the ups and downs of his team in the wake of an observed Olympic epic. " The most experienced are struggling to come back to a constant level after the Olympics. Injuries, truncated preparation, strong expectations ... The reasons are diverse , "says the Herault technician. But Montpellier had trouble for several seasons to lead Europe and Championship. In 2003, the MHB won its first European title at the end of its 12th meeting. Fifteen years later, twenty meetings were needed to get on the highest walking in the end Cologne Four.

" In Europe, there are championships where clubs are ultra-dominators such as Hungary or Spain, with little mental pressure on their European future. Conversely, in Germany, Denmark or France, this requires special skills and players resistant to fatigue, stress, emotion. It's a concern for many coaches and the key to our job, "says Canayer. The manager, however, is the overload of the calendar and his crazy rates. " We are pros, we must adapt. If players want to complain, they have a union. Room sports can not play less than twice a week, otherwise there is no possible saving , "he says. But it remains the risk of running out of steam.

Montpellier flows Brest and ends its .
series © supplied by Sofoot Stade Brest 0-4 Montpellier Goals: Wahi (45E + 1), Mavididi (47e), Sambia (60th) and Germain (85E) for the MHSC The series therefore takes brutally end. Invincible since the end of October with six consecutive victories, Brest has sold up on his lawn of Francis-le Wheat against a beautiful team of Montpellier (0-4), who does not leave the European squares.

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