Mahdi Camara : "A match unlike any other"
The midfielder trained at ASSE explains the difference that the reception of Stade Rennais represents this Thursday in the semi-final of the Coupe de France.
Is the reception of Rennes this Thursday different?
It’s a match unlike any other. We are all committed to bringing our fans to the Stade de France, to redeem ourselves and to earn confidence by winning this match. Success would be a breadth of fresh air. And, in addition, it’s the opportunity to play a final of the Coupe de France, an event that the club has not experienced for a long time.
How did you experience the derby?
Being suspended, my view point is one of someone outside looking in. We were timid in the first period. We came back with other intentions in the second half, we hindered them without being able to score. Losing a derby is always frustrating. We have the obligation of working to get back on track. The fans are always there for us and I think that the atmosphere will be great Thursday. I have confidence in them so that they push us like they have since the beginning of the season.
Can this semi-final be considered a defining moment?
I think and I hope that we’ll once again have confidence during this match in order to finish the season in the best manner possible. Even if this match is different, we will have to keep a cool head to react well. It’s a semi-final with the possibility of playing a match in the Stade de France.
What is your judgement of your season?
It’s difficult to make an individual analysis when the results are not there. The coach trusted me, he made me play. I had worse shots but I always gave it my all on the field when they called on me. Playing consecutive matches, it feels good. Every player loves this. I can progress in many areas because this is only my first season with the elite. Athletically, I work much with the staff. My six months on loan to Laval were beneficial. I progressed and learned much. This summer, I was thinking that I would have a card to play in this team. So I did not want to go elsewhere so that I could establish myself at ASSE.
What role do your midfield partners have in your progression?
I am conscious of working with players who have great careers like Yann M’Vila and Yohan Cabaye. The two have always helped me and I thank them. The competition is very healthy. They give me advice and make me share their experience. Frankly, we help each other.
- Saturday 14 Mar Official statement ASSE suspends its activities
- Sunday 08 Mar #ASSEFCGB Claude Puel : "We deserved much better"
- Saturday 07 Mar #ASSEFCGB Claude Puel : "In combat mode"
- Friday 06 Mar #ASSESRFC ASSE 2-1 Stade Rennais : the highlights
- Friday 06 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel: "I congratulate them
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel : "Play at our best level"
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Mahdi Camara : "A match unlike any other"
- Monday 02 Mar #Derby OL 2-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 01 Mar #Derby Claude Puel : "Move forward"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Claude Puel : "Twice as much motivation"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Yohan Cabaye : "Play with our head and our heart"
- Tuesday 25 Feb #ASSESDR Win a shirt signed by William Saliba
- Monday 24 Feb #ASSESDR Behind the scenes
- Sunday 23 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "Looking forward"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "React all together"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Loïs Diony : "I am a warrior"
- Sunday 16 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "Be aware of the situation"
- Saturday 15 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "With the right mindset"
- Friday 14 Feb #SASASSE Claude Puel : "A true cup match"
- Wednesday 12 Feb #SASASSE William Saliba : "Seize our chance"
- Monday 10 Feb #MHSCASSE MHSC 1-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 09 Feb #MHSCASSE Claude Puel : "We need confidence"
- Friday 07 Feb #MHSCASSE Franck Honorat : "Quickly win again"
- Thursday 06 Feb #ASSEOM ASSE 0-2 OM : The highlights
- Wednesday 05 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We gave it our all"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We have to work our butts off"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Loïc Perrin : "Show that we're not where we should be"
- Sunday 02 Feb #FCMASSE Claude Puel : "A lesson of efficiency"
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE AS Monaco 0-1 ASSE : The highlights
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "The victory of a team"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "We want to continue the adventure in the cup"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Denis Bouanga : "We want to qualify"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASSENO ASSE 2-1 Nîmes : The highlights
- Saturday 25 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We had to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We'll have to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Wahbi Khazri : "Capable of doing great things"
- Sunday 19 Jan #PFCASSE Paris FC 2-3 ASSE : The highlights
- Saturday 18 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "We're building ourselves up in a difficult period"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "Desire to react"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Yohan Cabaye : "Confidence is super important"