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After Nantes-OL (3-4) : Rayan Cherki delivers a big performance

Published on 19 January 2020 at 9:00 AM
Après Nantes-OL (3-4) : Rayan Cherki, comme un grand
With two goals, two assists and a penalty drawn, Rayan Cherki made a huge contribution to OL’s fine qualification for the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France away to Nantes.

At the age of 16 years, 5 months and 1 day, he was the main focus on a crazy evening. Rayan Cherki, already precocious when he made his debut at the professional level at the start of the season, was once again on Saturday evening in the big leagues with a goal after barely a minute at the Beaujoire. There was time for him to savor this second goal at the highest level or to show that he was already looking for a new flash of genius. After two goals in ten short minutes, the recital was just beginning.

 

The opinion of coach Rudi Garcia

He's a boy who listens and works. What I liked most, like everyone, were his two goals, his two assists and the penalty he won. But I also saw a Rayan who is making and effort, who does his defensive work, who makes good choices in the game and who plays with his teammates. This shows me that he is progressing and it is more in this area that I am happy with this performance. Above all, I must protect him now because everyone is going to want to accelerate his importance, and he is only 16 years old. This will be my role because if he stops working, if he thinks it's easy, we will have lost everything.

 

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Ultra-efficient in the penalty area, the player who became the youngest goalscorer in OL's history two weeks ago has shown another side. Thanks to his technique and his vision of the game, Rayan Cherki delighted his teammates and delivered two assists, one each for Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembélé, the first two assists of his very young career. The evening could have been even more beautiful and impressive if the penalty he had won had been converted by his fellow attacker with whom he has shown a very interesting relationship. In short, what great promise!

 

The reaction of Rayan Cherki 

It’s thanks to my teammates that I had this match, you shouldn’t look only at my statistics, it’s the whole team. We have to deal with the fixtures that are coming now.

 


Reserve your tickets for the Coupe de la Ligue semifinal between OL and Lille this Tuesday, January 21 at 21h10. 

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