“What happened on the first goal?
I do not know. We try to revive, a new philosophy that we have, so we try to play football. I see that they lock us up well, good pressing from the “chtis”, and there I try to play the opposite. But the Coupe de France ball is a bit heavy (smiles). These are things that happen, we try. We still give them two goals. It’s like that.
“All my career I have been a diesel, I need a lot of matches to be ready”
How did you feel for your rematch?
We come out with a defeat, but I always look for the positives. And the positive points of this evening, it is to find playing time. It was very important. I did not have any physical glitch. It’s sad to say but it’s part of football and my experience. We lost 2-0, I made a mistake on the first goal but at least I’m not going out injured and I’m gaining playing time.
How high do you consider yourself to be?
I think, on this match, at 50-60%. All my career I have been a diesel, I need a lot of matches to be ready. It will take me two, three maybe four matches to be ready in all areas of my football. Now it’s been almost 16-17 years of career, I know myself.
Today, there is competition in your position…
There is competition, but we must not forget that these young people are there to play. Me, I did my time on the ground. I am not far from 600 pro matches. It’s a rather logical hierarchy today. I know I’m here to bring my experience, help young people, the club. I am aware, I have my head on my shoulders. At 37, it’s not easy. I’m here, still active, with my beautiful little smile and I’m having fun.
You are competitive, you want to play right?
I live it well. Of course, I’m not going to say that I’m here, by the way, that I’m cushy. What I tell myself is that I made my career. I am known for my mentality, I am happy for the guys who play because I have experienced it. By playing, scoring and winning games, I made my family proud, so I’m happy for them.
When you say that there is a hierarchy, for you, currently, you are no longer a holder?
No, today no. It was expected that I would start and then an injury took me away from the field. Today, the competition did the job in Strasbourg (3-2 Monday)against Nantes also with a clean sheet (0-0), so it is logical that the hierarchy of the day is like that. So here is. After that, we’re going to play every three days, it’s going to be hard, we’re going to lose some feathers, I think we’re going to have to rotate sooner or later so I’m here. I take the minutes there are to take. »