Dimitri Payet (OM): “It’s not at my age that I’m going to complain to my leaders”

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Dimitri Payet (OM): “It’s not at my age that I’m going to complain to my leaders”

“How did the group digest this slap, tuesday, in a complicated period in terms of results? How do you feel?
The group is affected, I felt it since the end of the match, until yesterday again. A group disappointed by this result and this end of the European campaign for this season. It is logical in view of the evening of Tuesday.

How would you describe the current situation?
It depends how we want to finish these two matches before the break. We are eliminated from the Champions League, from all European competitions, we remain on a negative series in the Championship. We could say to ourselves that we are at the bottom of the hole and that we are giving up. But it’s not the style of the house, we talked about it from the final whistle, the best thing to do is to stay united, welded.

There are early season matches, like Nantes (2-1, August 20)that we shouldn’t have won and that we won, it was the opposite at Strasbourg (2-2, last Saturday), there we should have won. These are matches that are balanced during a season. The most important thing is to bounce back quickly. This requires a reference match as soon as possible, hopefully on Sunday, against Lyon. There will be no need to motivate the guys.

How did you experience being on the sidelines on Tuesday?
I was already frustrated when I left the Commanderie (for the stadium, editor’s note). Between the moment we left here and the arrival at the stadium, when I saw in the warm-up what was preparing in the stadium, I was very frustrated not to be on the pitch. But like every time I don’t play… As a competitor, I want and I work to be on the field all the time. The coach makes choices, you have to respect them. If Ünder crosses for “Kola” and there is a goal, today, we say that it is the change of the century and we are not talking about Payet. I prepare myself for each match to play them, to bring something if I have to go home.

“If I am at my level, if I am decisive, the coach is not crazy, he will necessarily put me. It’s my way of thinking”

Did you expect to experience such a season? Are you less fit?
I worked a lot to be in shape, I feel good. In the last match in Strasbourg, I had good feelings, it had been a long time since I had played an entire match. Obviously, I didn’t have this scenario in mind at the start of the season. If the coach makes choices and thinks the team can be better without me, it’s because he has his reasons. It’s up to me to prove him wrong, to put problems in his head, every time I’m on the pitch, in training or in a match.

Did you discuss your situation with President Pablo Longoria?
Why argue with leaders? It was never my way, every time I went through times when I was playing less, I worked to regain my place. It’s not at my age (35) that I’m going to complain to my leaders. The coach decides. I’m not going to go see the leaders to ask them why I’m not playing. Ultimately, I could go see the coach, but not even. If I am at my level, if I am decisive, the coach is not crazy, he will necessarily put me. It’s my way of thinking. It is the actions that count, not the discussions.

Your future is at OM?
Well, that won’t change. I will not throw in the towel today. »

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