Imad Faraj (AEK Larnaca): “Football level and in the city, it’s great”

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Imad Faraj (AEK Larnaca): “Football level and in the city, it’s great”

“What awaits Rennes on Thursday evening?
The stadium will be full, but do not expect an atmosphere as one can imagine in France. It’s not a hellish atmosphere. It’s a good atmosphere, in a small stadium. In the game, there are a lot of Spaniards, they play a lot with the ball, they start from behind. We are one of the only teams to play like that in Cyprus. The rest is more physical. We’re not here to watch Rennes, we’re here to win. Win by playing well.

Can you describe this Larnaca club for us?
There are many nationalities (13), with a Spanish coach and sporting director. Coming here, I said to myself that the infrastructures were not going to be tops and finally I was a little shocked. It’s like at LOSC, we have a swimming pool, a cold bath… We have a new 10,000-seat stadium. The lawn is very nice. It’s a healthy club, with no payment problems. The president has been there for several years and everything is square.

Which players should Rennes be wary of in this team?
We are not a team where there are individualities. We play together, we have to be wary of the team in general and our ability to play together. It’s the Spanish mentality to fight together. The coach insists a lot on that.

“I was promised that I could still come back to Lille at the end of the season. Except that Lopez left the club during the season and I found myself with nothing. »

How did you end up there?
I was in Lille, then the president (Gérard) Lopez, who also had Mouscron, wanted to loan players there. But there were too many loans, so I had to go on a transfer. I was promised that I could still return to Lille at the end of the season. Except that Lopez left the club during the season and I found myself with nothing. My agent had contacts in Cyprus, with this club which was aiming for the European Cup. I looked at the style of the team and it suited me. Football level and even in the city, it’s great, I’m happy.

Playing Rennes in the Europa League, is it important to show you?
I was happy to fall against Rennes. We could also play Monaco, but I always liked Rennes. It’s an important match, because it’s the European Cup and even more so because it’s a French club. At 19, I was playing in Ligue 1 with Marcelo Bielsa (in Lille), I am revengeful. I want to come back to that level and that means making big matches in those moments.

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