If the situation is “not easy” for him due to competition with Paul Lopez, Steve Mandanda approaches the end of the season with OM “while staying focused” on collective performance. The 37-year-old goalkeeper should start again in Europa Conference League matches.
Holder, Steve Mandanda tasted “group strength” after the game this Sunday in OM’s cages during an away win at Reims (1-0). Without necessarily shining, Jorge Sampaoli’s team provided the essentials, bringing back three points, which allowed OM to retain their second place and six points ahead of Rennes and Monaco with four games to go.
The end of the season promises to be exciting for Aum, who is still in the running for the Europa Conference League, with a semi-final against Feyenoord Rotterdam. Steve Mandanda, the author of Good Performance in the Competition, opts for a good contest for general holder Pau Lopez in the championship.
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“I put the team and the club above myself”
“I know my position this season. There are two goalkeepers, the coach picks. Not easy, but I play football, in a big club, I’m happy to be here, we have a string of victories, we have to be Stay focused and we’ll see at the end of the season.”
Despite his 37 years, Steve Mandanda still demonstrates his determination for the position of holder and aligns good performances. Yet against Reims, he made only his sixth start of the season in Ligue 1. “You have to keep in mind that the team and the club is the most important thing. The coach makes the decisions, the team turns well. Pau (López) has been good, consistent and decisive, admitted Mandanda. Personally, It’s not easy but I put the team and the club above myself.”
Under contract until June 2024, Steve Mandanda would have managed to get playing time this season in any case had he not closed the door for departure during the winter transfer window. In theory, by the end of the season, “Il Fenomeno” will again have at least one starter in the Europa Conference league, enough to experience some great feelings in the OM jersey.