Jeff Reine-Adélaïde : "Memphis is very inspiring and motivating" (Part two)
Jeff, how have you found this period of confinement?
It was a little weird for everyone. It’s a period that we're putting behind us. It feels good to see the outside world again, to live a little like before. I’ve done a lot of things that I didn’t used to do. I started to learn to cook, I'm doing well. I've also been reading.
What's your take on the end of the Ligue 1 season?
There have been mixed feelings. I have already told myself that we will not be playing in Europe next season, first of all it's our fault. We weren't good in the league. I also tell myself that the other leagues will resume or have resumed. It’s a little weird and frustrating because I did everything to come back.
More precisely, is playing in the Round of 16 of the Champions League against Juventus a goal for you?
Yes, it's in the back of my mind. I set goals before my injury. If this match is contested, I will try to be able and have all the skill necessary to play in it.
What was your reaction to the postponement by one year of the 2020 Olympics?
When I had my injury, my first goal was to come back for the Olympics. I wanted to play in them. I continued to work hard with this event as a goal. The postponement gives me even more time to prepare. I hope to play in them.
What connection have you had with Memphis, who was injured the same day as you?
This ordeal brought us closer. I don’t know if two players on the same team had ever seen ligament injuries in the same game. We try to help each other. He gave me a lot of advice. I have been listening because he is someone who is very ambitious. We have the same sporting ambitions. We want to go as high as possible. He can push a group or an individual to give the best of himself. Seeing his videos, I have been motivated too. He is someone inspiring and motivating. We will continue to support each other, help each other ... Oumar Solet is younger than us. I appreciate him very much. I chat a lot with him. I try to give him advice. We are not at the same stage of rehabilitation but I am hearing from him and helping him. The other players can also help us to get back to our best level.
Do you have a message for the supporters?
I hope everyone is well as well as their families. See you soon at the stadium for great victories to get back into Europe.