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FEATURE: There is no doubt about a special motivation the Paris-born left winger of SG Flensburg-Handewitt has ahead of the Match of the Week in the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 4.
Mahe wants to show his best side in Paris
After an easy win against Kadetten Schaffhausen, Paris Saint-Germain Handball will face the first big test of their European campaign without innjured Nikola Karabatic on Sunday, when facing SG Flensburg-Handewitt.
But if signing the likes of Uwe Gensheimer and Luka Stepancic is a way of improving your team, making only one change to your roster is another one, and Mahe - who has got bigger responsibilities at the moment with the injury to Rasmus Lauge Schmidt - thinks Flensburg has improved its potential.
“We are stronger than last year, I think the stability has allowed us to make our relationships on the court better,” he said.
“The house is definitely not burning, we know six teams make it to the next round, and our aim is to be part of those,’” said Mahe. “The team has many priorities and the first spot in the group isn't at the top of the list.”
“We don't have a roster as big as Kielce, Veszprem, Barcelona or Paris, and everybody knows that the season is very long. The Champions League definitely is a priority, but losing against Barcelona was upsetting, not a massive disaster,” assessed the 25-year-old.
“I was born in Paris, I play with the French national team, so of course it's a little bit special to play here,” he laughed.
“I'll be very happy to meet again with some friends and in games against people you know, you always want to show your best side. In some ways it forces you to better yourself because your opponent knows you very well.”
TEXT: Kevin Domas / sc