There are only two options left for him to hope to win the only title they lack, for him and for PSG. Mikkel Hansen knows it, the room for maneuver is more and more limited until next June. Failing to have succeeded in transforming the test during the Final Four of last season which was, due to the pandemic, played at the end of December, the Dane will try to finally win the Champions League with PSG this weekend in Cologne. Ironically, it is against Aalborg, the club he will join in the summer of 2022, that the three-time best player in the world, 33, will have to earn his place in the final before hoping to compete for the supreme title on Sunday. , against the winner of the duel between Barcelona and Nantes.
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By inheriting Aalborg in the semi-final, PSG avoid Barcelona, the favorite, and Nantes, the other French club, but you face your future club.
Is this the best or the worst draw for you?
In the last four in the Champions League, regardless of the opponent, we know anyway that it will be complicated.
Me, it makes me happy to play with friends from Denmark.
Afterwards, I cannot tell you if this is the most affordable draw.
Paris are favorites, but Aalborg is playing well, making no mistakes in attack, playing hard in defense… And as the season is coming to an end, everyone is tired, we will have to be very disciplined whatever happens.
Is Aalborg's presence in the Final Four a surprise?
I do not think so.
Of course, they beat Flensburg, who had finished 1st in his group and had a good season.
But in the Champions League, all you need is 10 minutes of floating for that to change everything.
That's what Flensburg experienced there in the first leg: you walk less well and Aalborg eats you.
You have won everything in your career, except the Champions League.
What does this trophy represent for you?
The same as for all athletes.
Whether you are a handball player or a footballer, the Champions League is a dream for everyone.
Being there at the Final Four is wonderful.
But like all the others, I want to win it, especially with Paris, my club for almost 9 years now.
We're going to get this trophy like eggs (sic).
Are you obsessed with it?
No, that's not how it works.
Just because I won the Olympics once, doesn't mean I don't want to win them two or three times.
It's true, I miss this trophy.
This Champions League, I want it like crazy, like all my teammates, I think.
We're all here to win titles.
But we all know that to go to the end, you have to do two full games.
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What memories do you keep of the Final Four in December when Paris lost in the semi-final against Barcelona?
We controlled the first 15-20 minutes well.
But then we started to miss shots and make a series of small mistakes.
Against teams like these, as will be the case against Aalborg this weekend, every mistake pays off within 5 seconds.
In the Final Four, if you don't have a perfect first match, you never see the final.
What has PSG lacked in the past to win this Champions League?
We came close.
The final that we lose at the last second (against Vardar Skopje in 2017) is played on details because we were not effective, we miss small things.
This time, we have to find the solution.
How much more decisive should a player of your stature, three times best player in the world in 2011, 2015 and 2018, be than the others on this kind of meeting?
I don't know, I don't care about those things.
Me, the only thing I want in Cologne is to win!
I don't care if a guy scores 10 goals or does 15 assists, the important thing is to win.
The way, we don't care as long as we find the solutions in attack and defense.
We also don't care who played well or badly.
The only thing we're all looking for is victory.
I hope we are all in tune with that, that we all dream of winning the Champions League with PSG.
If not, you have to stay at home.
Many imagined you ending your career in Paris.
Why did you choose to join Aalborg in 2022?
If I wanted to return to Denmark while still being competitive, it was now or never.
It was also the time to come home to be closer to our families, my wife and me.
Is it also now or never to win for PSG, which each year loses important players?
It's always time to win the Champions League!
With the Final Four days away, no one will say now is not the right time.
We are good together, we work hard and we will let go of everything on the pitch.
Afterwards, players leave, others arrive… It's the life of athletes and clubs that works like that.
Do you think you have a chance to win it once you get to Aalborg?
Of course, otherwise I wouldn't have signed there.