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Rayan Cherki : "I don't necessarily have a lot of pressure"

Published on 01 June 2020 at 7:00 AM
Rayan Cherki : « Je n’ai pas forcément beaucoup de pression »
Since he played his first minutes as a professional last October at just 16 years old, Rayan Cherki has had only one aim: to find the competitive drive to continue his progress to the highest level. Speaking from home, he looked back on the 2019-20 season.

Rayan, how did this period of confinement go for you?

Everything went very well. This period allowed me to regain my focus and rest, even if it came at a difficult time. I wish that the season had continued. We have to deal with it. Health is the most important thing. I was able to bike with my brothers, walk, cook with my mother. I trained by myself physically, as I used to do. Life without football is difficult. We are used to doing this every day, it becomes something that's missing. I was surprised and disappointed with the shutdown of Ligue 1. I wish that the season had continued. I am thinking of the Youth League and Champions League matches. I hope I can play them.


What will you remember from your first professional season?

I will only remember the positive moments, the moments of joy spent with my teammates. That is the most important. I hope next season will be even better ... I remember the match in Nantes. This is my most successful performance and I am proud of it. Becoming the youngest OL player to score was one of my goals. It will remain etched in my memory.


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Were you surprised to play your first matches with the first team so quickly?

No, I have very high goals. It is thanks to my hard work that I was able to play for the first time in Ligue 1 this season. It’s easy to fit into a group when you’re young; your teammates help you. I'm close to Maxence Caqueret and Amine Gouiri because we played together in the Youth League, but also Moussa Dembélé, Jason Denayer, Karl Toko Ekambi, Oumar Solet ... I was quickly integrated into the squad. They made me feel at home.

How do you deal with this pressure at just 16 years old?

I manage it rather easily. My family is helping me. It's still football. This is what I love to do most in life. I don't necessarily have a lot of pressure. I am fully involved no matter what competition I am playing in.