Farid Benstiti on OL ACCESS : " I can't wait to be there "
His past at OL
"I have very fond memories here. I remember the good relationships I had with the board, the players. This has always struck me. There were also the first titles won by the club. When I left Lyon, it was complicated. I'm really a Gone, it was hard to leave my city. The striking thing, which I still remember today, is that the president never said "no" to me. He’s always allowed me to build the women's team and help make it what it is today. "
His move to Reign FC
"It is a family club. The players stay with this club. Some girls have been there for a long time. The baseball stadium is being transformed into a football stadium. The principle of the draft is quite complicated and complex. I left it to my assistant and Bill Predmore (president of Reign FC). The priority was to have at least two young players. I'm going to take care of keeping some of them at the club. I will do everything to bring in foreign players and compose a very competitive team over the next two years. I arrived quickly. Bill Predmore called me to get to know me. I was already in touch with President Aulas. So I went to Seattle where everything went well. "
The players who impressed him
"I look forward to being there and also talking to Megan Rapinoe. If she could continue for 2-3 years, it would be nice. The majority of the players I have had at OL were exceptional players. Sofia (Jakobsson), Cristiane ... Another foreigner of course impressed me: Lotta Schelin. She was the spearhead of OL. I'm proud to have had these players. "
OL's season in Ligue 1
"We would have liked things to be done right away, in order to challenge PSG. The timing was not good but it is coming back slowly. With Rudi Garcia, OL are scoring more and winning more points and that will do get things done. We see young people breaking into the first team, it's good for the future of the club. "
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