Jonathan Clauss after his non-selection for the World Cup: “I did not have the words”

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Jonathan Clauss after his non-selection for the World Cup: “I did not have the words”

It is a necessarily painful ordeal that Jonathan Clauss had to go through last November. Regularly present in the lists of Didier Deschamps in 2022, the right side of OM (6 selections) was not retained by the coach of the Blues to compete in the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. Silent at first, the former Lensois had posted a message of encouragement on his social networks. At the microphone of Canal Football Club, this Sunday, he returned to his behavior the day before the announcement: “I had an intuition the day before, like when you pass the baccalaureate and you know you don’t have it. I struggle to fall asleep and I go on Twitter. I see information, unofficial, that say that I would be out of the race because of a system change. There’s this little adrenaline of telling yourself that it can’t be true. I manage to sleep, and on D-Day, I can’t stop thinking about it. »

“In total blur for an hour, an hour and a half”

It was then that Clauss approached the fateful moment: 8 p.m. arrives and I watch the JT for the first time in my life. (laughs). At the end of the list, I had no more words. My girlfriend was next to me but I was in a vacuum. In total blur for an hour, an hour and a half. My mother tried to call me fifteen times. I didn’t have the words and it hurt me at the time. »

Launched on the days that followed this announcement and the hardness of this ordeal, the native of Strasbourg confesses that he managed to put things into perspective with time. ” There is much worse in life than not being called up for a World Cup when you could potentially be there, concedes number 7 Olympian. There is disappointment, like when I had not been kept in Strasbourg and I felt that I was not advancing in football. It’s just a matter of ego. When you make a dream a goal, that’s when it stings the most. At one point, I felt more sorry for my loved ones who always pushed me than for me. At 18, I wanted to tell my parents that I had signed pro in Strasbourg but that had not been the case. Their sadness that day was greater than after my non-selection for the last World Cup.

An episode that seems totally digested for Jonathan Clauss, author of a good match with OM punctuated by two assists against Toulouse (6-1) on December 29, and a convincing entry against Montpellier on Monday (2- 1).

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