Starligue / 7th day. Just returned from their journey in Macedonia, the Gardois continue with the reception of Toulouse, this Saturday, October 23, in a duel in Occitania in general spectacular.
At the moment, Usam Nîmes players are spending almost more time with each other than with their families. Last Sunday, they flew to Bitola (Macedonia) from where they returned victorious (26-21), in the European League, Wednesday.
Finally, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, rather, arrived at 1 am. Result : “It was rest Thursday, points out the coach, Franck Maurice. The only session (Friday) was used to prepare for the upcoming match. “
Who is none other than Occitanie derby, this Saturday, against Toulouse. A Fenix which, after 6 days of Starligue, is anything but… a Phoenix, consumed in the flames of 5 defeats in six matches, without being reborn.
But Toulouse is also a formation of the European League which lost little (32-30), last Tuesday in Berlin, against Fusche (winner of the EHF in 2018) after having been in the lead (29-28, 54 ‘). “I saw their match in Berlin and I expect to find this team more than the last one in the championship”, notes the coach.
Return of the versatile Benjamin Gallego
In the balance sheet of the last six confrontations between neighbors of Occitanie: 2 victories in each camp. Matches where you get bored in general quite rarely and prolific meetings in goals, Nîmois and Toulousains by scoring an average of 33 over the hour of play. “Toulouse is a team that came back to the time when Steins (party of PSG) had arrived, detail Maurice. Their Spanish center-half, Balenciaga, has the same profile (1.69m). Maybe with the change of coach (Andjelkovic replaced Gardent), they also need a little time. “
? D-1 before the Occitanie derby? @FENIX_HB !
– USAM Nîmes Gard (@USAMNIMESGARD) 22 October 2021
If Toulouse has changed, the return of Benjamin Gallego (quadriceps), Usam side, will also change the landscape at the back. “ It’s a very good choice that Benji comes back, we will have more rotations “, is satisfied Maurice.
After Toulouse, the Gardois will stay eight days in Nîmes, receiving Athens, Tuesday in the European League. The sweetness of the home …