Nantes’ left back, Thibaud Briet, did not hide his joy after the victory over Szeged (35-30) in a very good atmosphere on Thursday in the Champions League.
Thibaud Briet (Nantes left-back): “It’s a great performance. We were strangers and these are two bonus points for us in the race for sixth place in the group. (Qualification for the round of 16). It’s great to play in this room for the return of the Champions League, it’s been more than a year. Frankly, just pleasure, a sick intensity and a victory that feels good. Since the beginning of the season, we have shown that we are solid. We suffered a big defeat in Kielce (40-33) and we recover. We beat him by big chunks, Paris (37-33 in the Champions Trophy)Montpelier (Montpellier, 30-29 in the Championship), it is good that we confirm against Szeged, that they have really been a successful team in the Champions League for many years. We want to play at this level and perform at home. And we want to return to the Final Four, which is a great memory (finalist in 2018, semi-finalist in 2021). »
Grégory Cojean (Nantes manager): “It’s a complete game, with a lot of intensity, a lot of strategy. I am very proud of my team. We played a very, very good game, perhaps the best since the beginning of the season. We stayed mentally strong at times where we could have taken a splinter, when we were outnumbered. We did what we wanted, put the rhythm. »
Juan Carlos Pastor (Szeged coach): “Nantes deserved to win. We led at the beginning, but then we lost balls and missed easy shots. It’s hard to win here conceding 35 goals. It’s not our level, it’s time to get back to work. Congratulations also to Nantes for the atmosphere in the room, which was fantastic. »