Decisive on two stops in Monaco (4-1, Saturday), but also in Ajaccio (0-0, 2nd day), Brice Samba confirms his solidity on his line which was one of the reasons for his transfer from Nottingham Forest this summer. The 28-year-old goalkeeper, who is also good at kicking and throwing, aspires to extend his leadership this Saturday against Rennes (9 p.m.).
“What analysis do you make of your team’s victory in Monaco?
Frankly, it was a very big success. The team had a great game. We certainly conceded a goal from a set piece, it’s the kind of important detail that can change a game. We work on it every day. But I only want to remember this victory in Monaco. I also had some success on my saves. It takes work in training, but it’s mostly instinct. Me, I don’t care how I make a save as long as the ball doesn’t cross the line. I work with Hervé Sekli (goalkeeping coach) to remain efficient in this area. But it’s a set of things that allow you to progress, such as placement, mental preparation, staying constantly focused.
You already seem ready to help Lens take a step forward. Do you think this is the case?
My arrival went very well. Overall, it’s easier when you speak the language. I repeat, this group is made up of wonderful people, who have the same goal. I came to bring my stone to the building. I am rather a simple person so my adaptation was done quickly. My first quality is to make saves. Thank God, this smiles on me now. There is also the contribution of my kicking game. I try to build actions as much as possible.
Does victory in Monaco open up new prospects for you?
We are here to make a very good championship. What will come will come. We don’t take our heads off. The ranking, who cares. This performance in Monaco put us in the spotlight. I don’t think everyone will win 4-1 in Monaco. But we will continue to move forward slowly. We will see where we are after the 38th day. Without language of wood, the objective is not Europe. But to make our supporters proud and to put this shirt on as high as possible.
What do you expect against Rennes this Saturday?
Already, we can’t wait to be there. We know that we will have a great atmosphere. It’s been two weeks since we played at home. Rennes plays at the top of the table. It’s going to be a big game. That’s why TV (Canal+) scheduled it at 9 p.m. We will have to be at 110% to have a chance of winning, our objective. But for the show, it will be fun. »