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Mathieu Gorgelin: « Last season should serve as a foundation »

Published on 10 July 2018 at 6:30 PM
Mathieu Gorgelin : « Se servir de la saison dernière pour passer un cap »
OL's main man between the sticks at the end of 2017-18 and the beginning of the new campaign due to Anthony Lopes' suspension, the 28-year-old 'keeper is facing the preseason with his trademark professionalism.

Mathieu, how is the Saillon training camp going for you?

We’re in this Swiss region, surrounded by vineyards and at the foot of a mountain. These are the kinds of places that I particularly like. We have very good working conditions, all of this makes for a good preparation.

Does beginning the season as OL's starting keeper due to Anthony Lopes' suspension change your preparation in any way?

No, it doesn’t change much. I will give my all in the preseason matches even if I already know I’ll probably start the first two league games this season. It's an extra goal in my preparation, so it's always good. We are used to training without Antho during the season, with the rhythm of playing a match every three days. There is a good atmosphere between the goalkeepers and Greg Coupet runs the sessions in his own special way.

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What are your main goals?

I’m only focusing on the preseason and the start of the championship. I take things day to day and I stay focused on the collective. With the team, we want to do better in the league and stay closer to PSG. The goal is also to pass the Champions League group stage and stay in contention to raise one of the two domestic cups.

As one of the team veterans, what has changed the most in the locker room?

English is spoken a lot, but there were already a lot of foreign players when I arrived in the team, particularly Argentineans and Brazilians. Not much has changed in this aspect. We are a pretty young group. Two or three years ago, we had a pretty experienced group before the departure of guys like Samuel Umtiti, Corentin Tolisso, Alexandre Lacazette, Maxime Gonalons, Christophe Jallet... There are a lot of players who are beginning their second season here. We still have a lot of things to learn and need to gain some experience. Last season should serve as a foundation for us. The team is a lot less “Lyon-like” now. The coach is the main exponent of the Lyon identity. He is the one who instills this. » 

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