Bjerringbro-Silkeborg – Paris Saint-Germain Handball 30-36 (16-19)
Written by Jonas Løytved
Photo: Ole Mørk, www.midtjysk-foto.dk
Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen, head coach of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg:
Congratulations to Paris. It was a well-deserved win.
We had a dream that we could challenge the big guys from Paris. We had 20 great minutes in the beginning of the first half, where I saw our defense do a very nice performance. Also in attack, we played very well but unfortunately Markussen was a bit sick today, so he could not stay in the game.
But the problem for us was that Paris’ counter-attack is absolutely the best, fastest and most effective in the VELUX EHF Champions League. We experienced that. We are not a bad team running back but today we looked bad in some situations. They won a period with 5-0 in the first half on that account and that was decisive. I was happy with the performance overall. We kept fighter and of cause, we hoped that Paris would relax a bit in the second half, but they did not. We had a tough game today. We are happy with our performance but today we played against a very good team.
Johan Hansen, player of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg:
Of cause, it was a pleasure to play in front of 10.000 people and play against Paris with so many big names. It was an honor to play against players, I have watched for so many years.
Zvonimir Serdarusic, head coach of Paris Saint-Germain Handball:
We knew that it would not be an easy game for us. We saw Bjerringbro-Silkeborg play against Wisla Plock last week, where they played a super game. We had troubles when we played Wisla Plock, so we knew it would be a difficult game.
We had problems in the first 20 minutes where Bjerringbro-Silkeborg was in front and it was a difficult game for us to win.
Henrik Møllgaard, player of Paris Saint-Germain Handball:
It is always fun to play in Denmark. It is long time since a played here in Jyske Bank Boxen and long time since I played in Denmark. It is good to be back and must also congratulate Bjerringbro-Silkeborg on making this event with more than 10.000 people. That is something special for us Danish players to come home to and experience.
It was a very good match. I think, Bjerringbro-Silkeborg will get more point, than they already have. It is a good team and especially defensively, they are going to make a lot of trouble.