17 January 2017
“I love French food, but I really forgot my French words, I am re-learning the language at the moment. So it is great to back in France again,” says Gabor Csaszar. The Hungarian centre back used to play for the French clubs Chambery Savoie and Paris Saint-Germain, but since January 2015 he has been playing for Swiss champions Schaffhausen.
“It is great so see some old teammates here in France,” says Csaszar, who currently is focusing on the ticket to the eighth-finals of the World Championship with his side in Rouen. “We lost against Germany and Croatia though we had chances to win. With more stability for 60 minutes, we could have caused some major surprises.”
After beating Chile, Hungary are back on track but: “We still have to matches ahead which are like finals. We need to win against Saudi Arabia and Belarus to finish third — this is now our primary goal. As it looks right now, we would face Sweden in the eighth-finals – which could be a manageable task. But we should not look ahead so far away, but focus on the Saudis,” Csaszar said on Monday.
The loss of injured top star Laszlo Nagy, who was replaced by Peter Gulyas after an ankle injury from the first match, is hard for the Hungarians, but Csaszar hopes that “Laszlo will be back during the tournament. It looks quite good in that regard at the moment.”
For the former PSG star, France are the main contender for the semi-finals due to the extra motivation because of their home advantage, but: “Germany, Croatia, France and maybe the winner of a duel Sweden vs Hungary have a good chance to reach the final destination: Bercy.”
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