THW Kiel: Bonjour Paris – bonjour tristesse?

THW Kiel: Bonjour Paris – bonjour tristesse?
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Status: 05/11/2022 08:12 a.m

Paris of all places! The French, who spoiled the Final Four for THW Kiel a year ago, are again quarter-final opponents of the “Zebras”. In the first duel in the French capital, the people of Kiel want to do better than in 2021.

by Jan Kirschner

A year ago, THW won in their home arena in front of a ghost crowd with a narrow 31:29, before in the second leg after the stress of numerous weeks in England the power reserves dwindled and Paris had more staying power with a 34:28 success. “We still have that in mind,” admitted THW keeper Niklas Landin. “We gave up our good starting position in France.”

This time the signs are different. As second in the group, THW was able to skip the round of 16, had a weekend off and before that – as the smooth 31:20 success in Leipzig underlined – went with the tailwind of the Cup win to work. Coach Filip Jicha warned ahead of the first leg tonight (8.45 p.m.): “We now have a very difficult task ahead of us. But the same program applies to us as usual: We’re trying to work through the task in a very boring way.”

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Paris newly crowned champion

In fact, the PSG handball players are currently in full swing. They had a few problems with the Norwegian representative Elverum in the round of 16 of the European premier class, but they recently convinced at national level.

Kiel's Steffen Weinhold (left) in conversation with coach Filip Jicha.  © IMAGO / Holstein Office

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First, the “Red-Blues” around the former THW player Nikola Karabatic (2005 to 2009) distanced Montpellier HB, after all also Champions League quarter-finalist, in the French Cup with 41:24, before the eighth championship in a row and the ninth run in since 2013. “This title is the first step towards an exciting end to the season,” said PSG general manager Jean-Claude Blanc.

THW hopes rest on Sagosen

Only the Danish backcourt ace Mikkel Hansen (consequences of a pulmonary embolism) is missing from the star line-up. The Kielers hope to be able to fall back on their top backcourt player Sander Sagosen. The Norwegian has been on the bench for the past two Bundesliga games. And in the second leg next Thursday, the THW can rely on an atmospheric arena – completely different than twelve months ago.

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THW Kiel celebrates winning the DHB Cup in the final against SC Magdeburg © picture alliance/dpa Photo: Axel Heimken

The “Zebras” triumphed with 28:21 and are cup winners for the twelfth time. After 28 years, the Final Four says goodbye to Hamburg. more

Niklas Landin, goalkeeper of THW Kiel, cheers.  © IMAGO / Holstein Office

The Dane, who was the first to win the election twice in a row, prevailed just ahead of Flensburg’s Jim Gottfridsson. more

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NDR 2 Sports | 05/11/2022 | 11:03 p.m

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