Caçapa believes that Cherki “understood that football is collective”

Caçapa believes that Cherki “understood that football is collective”
Caçapa believes that Cherki “understood that football is collective”

Rayan Cherki after OL training (credit: Anthony Ravas / O&L)

Former OL assistant for several seasons, Claudio Caçapa experienced the emergence of Rayan Cherki. The Brazilian believes that the young player has become aware of certain things this season.

Rayan Cherki will he live one last time under the jersey ofOL Saturday against PSG? He certainly still has one year left on his contract, but with the salary that is already his, it is difficult to see management aligning with these salary expectations, or even increasing them when he is no longer a potential starter. Indeed, the young offensive player is today above all a luxury replacement, in the same way as Malick Fofana and other Mama Baldé. A change of status which did not prevent him from being decisive at the end of the season, but which must necessarily have felt strange to him when he had won his place under Laurent White.

Present in the latter’s staff, Claudio Caçapa gave his vision on the evolution of Cherki. “I worked with Rayan for three or four seasons. He has obviously progressed. I think he has understood today that football is not just him, assured the Brazilian on RMC. Football is about the collective.” The former coach of RWD Molenbeek places this individualistic thought on the player, but also on his career within the OL Academy. “The problem is that everyone has been petting him since he was little, telling him that he is the most beautiful, the best, and that he does not need to defend, he added. Today, all coaches want to have eleven players who attack and defend.”

Between his time on the OL bench under Fabio Grosso then Pierre Wise and an initial non-call-up with the Espoirs in March, Rayan Cherki experienced a real challenge in the space of six months. All his faults will not be erased in the snap of his fingers, but he shows efforts, particularly defensively, and Sage’s educational side seems to help him on this point. “I know that he works more. And I see it on the pitch when I watch Lyon’s matches. He makes efforts and tries to get back into position. He didn’t do that before. He’s someone who is listens, even if he has difficulty applying everything to each match.”

If he plays the saviors on Saturday against the PSGRayan Cherki will surely be forgiven for all his excesses.

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