SG Flensburg Handewitt wants to retaliate in the Champions League for the example bankruptcy at Paris Saint-Germain. However, this will not be an easy task against the star ensemble from the French capital.
2014, Ljubomir Vranjes faced the jump to Paris Saint-Germain. In the same year, SG Flensburg Handewitt won the Champions League Championship. When the sheik club extended its sensors to Sweden, Flensburg was already looking for a new trainer. But the deal fell through. “I have always stressed that the SG is a matter of the heart for me,” the former world-class player explained his decision.
Three years later Vranjes could not resist another offer of a very successful top club. In the summer, the trainer takes over Veszpem and the Hungarian national team. Today, Paris is coached by Zvonimir Serdarusic, who led SG 1992 into the first league. In the Champions League, the two coaches now meet each other (from 17.30 o’clock in sport.de Liveticker).
Clear Flensburg bankruptcy in the lead
In Group A of the forerunners, SG Flensburg Handewitt receives the Starensemble from Paris for a rematch. At the first meeting, the team around the German national team captain Uwe Gensheimer entered an undisputed 27:22 victory. The North Germans did not get the hang of Gensheimer, who was the best shooter of his team with six hits.
The two teams also met last Champions League season. At that time, the French champion came under the wheels at the club on the German-Danish border. With 39:32, the Flensburgers fought the favored Parisians. “This was a terrible game,” recalls PSG goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer: “Now we want to prove, that we have now reached a higher level of sports.”
Paris blows to attack
This higher level has been bought expensive by the club. As 2012’s “Qatar Sports Investments” sponsored by Paris, the club won the French league in no time. The money gradually attracted the superstars of the scene to the French capital. Mikkel Hansen, Nikola and Luca Karabatic, Luc Abalo, Daniel Narcisse, Thierry Omeyer and finally Uwe Geinsheimer changed to PSG. However, in the royal classes 2014 and 2015, it only lasted until the quarter finals. One year later the team became third.
These are not the claims of a million club. Even if the Parisians are modest and say, “Our goal in the Champions League is always to improve us and challenge the best clubs in Europe.” However, unofficially, the goal of a club with such a budget and a cadre poked by superstars can only be the victory of the Champions League. This should work now in the fourth run.
Flensburg is fighting for a good starting position for the eighth finals
The starting position in the group does not look so bad. Only against Barcelona and Kiel were left points. With a victory in Flensburg, the Parisians would keep up with Barcelona table leaders. The first one qualifies directly for the quarter finals. Place two to six in the eighth finals to enter the next round.
To get a “simple” opponent under the last 16s, Flensburg wants to place itself as far up as possible. A victory against Paris would temporarily mean place three. The opportunities are certainly given.
Flensburg has shown itself in strong form in recent weeks. In the league the North Germans lead the table sovereign, the last time Vranjes team even fought the THW Kiel and widened the distance to the pursuers. Paris is also a sovereign top rider in the French League. The lead on the second from Nantes is three points.
Problem position Backspace to the right
Whether the SG can compensate for the failure of Chief of Defense Tobias Karlsson, who falls due to a tendon fracture, Johan Jakobsson, who, for example, with five hits, was still the top gunner of his team, and Ivan Horvat, remains to be seen. It is precisely in the right back room that the Flensburgers lack an alternative with the collapse of Jakobsson. Mark Bult is not allowed to play in the Champions League until the eighth finals. So Routinier Holger Glandorf has to take responsibility in the right rear space.
Serdarusic, on the other hand, has only to renounce cyclists Luka Karabatic. His failure should be compensated by the Swedish national player Jesper Nielsen.
“We expect a very difficult task that we can only solve if players and spectators exercise shoulder closure,” said SG-Managing Director Dierk Schmeske. With a full hall this should work. The “Hell North” has been sold out for weeks with 6.300 spectators.