After OL-Sochaux: Rayan Cherki, the Cup is his playground
A historic performance
He's not yet of age and he's already making history! In scoring a brace against Sochaux in the Coupe de France on Saturday night, Rayan Cherki passed the legend Fleury Di Nallo in terms of his precocity. The Lyon native became, at 17 years and 201 days, the youngest player in OL's history to score six goals in official competition. The little prince of the Gerland was 18 years and 139 days when he did the same in the early 1960s.
By the numbers
The beautiful romance between the Coupe de France and young Rayan continues, as he kept his goal record on the rise against Sochaux, and more than that. After two goals and one assist to add to his totals, the 17-year-old now has six goals and three assists in the Coupe de France in just five appearances. With 369 minutes played, he has been decisive every 41 minutes in the competition!
The man of the match's reaction
It's a satisfactory performance from me with this double. But I think I could have scored three or four. We like to look for each other, Islam Slimani and I. I want to set him up and he wants to help me score. This is what makes the difference. Our communication lets me know when to give him the pass and vice versa.
Praise from the coach
It’s not just the two goals that were positives about Rayan’s match. There's his defensive positioning and workrate, his offensive efforts and technical ability. It was a very impressive match for him. He passed when needed and kept it when needed. There is a lot of satisfaction to be taken from this display.