Yannick Cahuzac, « Je me suis mis dans ma bulle, concentré sur mes dernières heures de joueur de foot » - Lensois.com

Yannick Cahuzac, « Je me suis mis dans ma bulle, concentré sur mes dernières heures de joueur de foot » – Lensois.com

Yannick Cahuzac will live the last match of his playing career on Saturday at RC Lens-Monaco (38th day of Ligue 1, 9 p.m., to follow live on Lensois.com and broadcast in full on Premium Video). On this occasion, he was appointed to speak at the last press briefing of the season. A passage in front of the media disrupted for a few moments by mischievous teammates who came from the balcony to shout “Good Cahu retirement!”» and other messages of affection, all accompanied by a surprising throw of shoes to the bottom of the amphitheater. Not enough to distract the one who plans, at 37, to become a coach in the future and who is therefore preparing to live one last big Ligue 1 evening as a footballer.

Lensois.com: Yannick Cahuzac, how are you enjoying your last hours as a professional player?
I’m aware that it’s the end, but I don’t plan on Saturday to fully enjoy my daily life. I’ve been in this state of mind for a while now. I am calm even if I know that tomorrow there will be a lot of emotions. I know that a lot of people will come from Corsica, it will also do me something to see them.

Did you have time to respond to all the messages received?
I received a lot of messages that really touched me. I tried to answer all to have a word for everyone.

Do you think you have the opportunity to play at least a few minutes?
I have no guarantees. I don’t plan on that at all because it’s not Yannick Cahuzac’s match, but a very important match for the club. The coach will play the best as he has done from the start and he will continue to do so.

This region, this public, it’s to live… »

What difference is there between the Yannick Cahuzac who arrived 3 years ago and the one who is about to quit?
It’s always hard for me to talk about myself, but I find that I have evolved in maturity. I disperse a little less than when I started. I had the chance to rub shoulders with great coaches like the current one, Franck Haise, who allowed me to have a better positional game and thus to run less. It also helped me last until I was 37.

It is not excluded that you stay to take a place in the staff but if you come to leave, what will you remember from these years in Lens, beyond the sportsman?
The club, all the people who work there… It’s a big club, but we’re all very close. It’s a big family and if I have to leave, I will miss these people very much. This region, this public, it is to live. I feel privileged to have experienced this environment. There was a lot of complicity with the people of the club and we also have a group and a staff that are exceptional.

Do you expect a tribute from the public?
I’m not very social media and the only one I have, I made sure not to go there. I know it’s going to be a match during which there will be a lot of emotions, I didn’t want to think about that. I put myself in my bubble. I’m focused on my last hours as a football player. I will surely miss it for a while but I am enjoying every moment and I have no idea what will happen.

Interview by Christophe Schaad

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