“At PSG they called me the ‘Cavani della Riserva'” / National / J34 / Red Star-Concarneau / SOFOOT.com

Elected best player of the national team, selected in the standard team of the season, Fahd El Khoumisti (28) is also at the top of the scorer with 19 pieces. A perfect season on an individual level for the Concarneau striker, on fire since his arrival at Thoniers in January 2021. This Friday evening, on the Red Star lawn, the National team’s Benzema will play their last match with the Breton club colors. , before going to see above. Interview with a former PSG reserve center forward whose confidence has never been shaken.


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How does it feel to be named the best player in the league?
It is a great pride, it is very rewarding. I had dreams, goals and achieving this shows that I can still pursue the next ones. It also proves that anything is possible. If we look, a year and a half ago, I didn’t play for a national club. I wasn’t playing at all, I was in the basement. I am happy that I continued to believe in myself, even if it is by no means an end. It just pushes me to fight harder.

Why do you think this award has come to you?
That’s a lot of work. To have a great season, several parameters must be aligned: a great manager, a good team, good teammates, a good atmosphere … You must also be good in your mind, have a certain balance on and off the pitch. . During this season, everything came together. The coach (Stefano Le Mignan) He also has a lot to do with this, he understood everything in the team, we have a similar vision of football. Being a ball player, I really like to collect and he gave me this freedom, to hear the game, it’s nice to have a coach playing. I used to go to the club where the ball was in the air, the duels, everything else, the aerial fights to exist …

Despite this good season, Concarneau will finish in 4th positionAnd place in the league. You are out of contract. How do you see the future?
It will be difficult to stay, because I am very ambitious, this is all I can tell you. I want to fully savor these last moments with Concarneau. I want to live in the present moment, because we don’t know what can happen and in this way I move forward better. In any case, I want to stay in France.

“It will be difficult to stay in Concarneau, because I’m very ambitious, that’s all I can tell you. But I want to stay in France. ”

In November, you hinted at Telegram colleagues about a goal of milestones to be achieved. Have you reached it?
It has not yet been reached, but it could be Friday, yes, in this last match at the Red Star. But I know you shouldn’t force yourself to want to score at all. First of all I will try to play a very good game. If I try to force it, I know for sure it won’t fit.

What relationship do you have with your teammates?
They are super happy! They congratulated me, but I told them this trophy was ours, not just mine. I can’t shine alone. This trophy may have gone to someone else on the team. But the attacker gets all the glory because he’s there to take them down.

You have played all of Concarneau’s games as a starter this season. How do you feel?
Very good ! Our sessions are based on technique, so there is no effort. We do not run to run, there is only pleasure. Effort management, recovery time, everything is calculated with this trainer. It’s more mental fatigue.

What’s your secret to never getting hurt?
I am extremely attentive to everything. I really take care of my diet, I try to sleep as well as possible. For two years I have eaten healthily and have never felt better. When you eat well and sleep well, you are connected, witty, and may have fewer injuries. I try to put everything on my side to become the best player possible.

You had a low spell during the season, which incidentally coincided with a string of poor results for Concarneau. Can you explain it to us?
There was mental fatigue, we must not forget that Concarneau is not used to playing at the top of the table. It was still new to the club. The expectation has changed around us. We began to believe that we would. The more the games went by, the more our performances went well, we were happy. This digestive euphoria must have cost us this bad shape during the final sprint. Despite this season finale, we have learned and it will serve us all for later.

“Stéphane Le Mignan recruited me when I was forgotten. When no one looked at me, he called me. My stats weren’t crazy, it shows he was watching the way I played. I owe him a lot. ”

And on a personal level, over the course of the season, did you feel more expected by the defenders?
Oh yes ! I really felt it, the defenders were more attentive, they gave me less space.

You talk a lot about Stéphane Le Mignan, the coach who gave you back your confidence. Can you tell us about your relationship?
In fact, I’ve never lost faith in myself. In Orléans I couldn’t show my qualities, simply because I wasn’t playing. With Le Mignan we are in football, we speak the same language. I really appreciate the man, but he is also a hard worker, up to the point on the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents. He has the ability to prepare well before the meetings. He also taught me a lot tactically. I have enormous respect for him. He recruited me when I was in oblivion. When no one looked at me, he called me. My stats weren’t crazy, it shows that he was looking at the content of my performances, my way of playing. I owe him a lot.

At the beginning of the season, did you think it was possible to have such a beautiful season?
Besides that, when I decided to go to Concarneau from Orléans, the first question I asked myself was: “Why didn’t I come earlier?” ” I felt the potential of the team from the beginning of the season, I told the youngsters that we would go up. We didn’t go up, but I firmly believed in the group’s ability to do such a great season. We have given many emotions to people and our family. This is the goal of football: to see a good match and experience strong emotions.

What are the differences between the Fahd El Khoumisti who tried his luck in Orleans three years ago and who you are today?
I found much more professionalism in Concarneau than in Orleans. I respect the club, but it was the coaches I didn’t find nice. I wasn’t playing, you’ll tell me. It’s not a piece of paper that makes you a professional club, it’s attitude, a way of being and seeing football. I’ve always felt ready to go higher, but now is the perfect time. I have always had faith in myself, but now I am more confident than ever.

Could this status as top player on the national team put more pressure on you for the rest of your career?
I’ll take it the same way as when I was neglected in Orleans. I will remain me, I will remain Fahd El Khoumisti. It’s very rewarding, but when I was at PSG, they called me the “Cavani della Riserva” . There, this season, I have the “Benzema of the National” label. It makes me really happy, but I don’t put pressure on myself.

“The Concarnois fans gave me a wonderful song. They’re the best. ”

Who trains Concarneau fans at the end of the evening?
(He’s laughing.) Concarnois supporters gave me a wonderful song. They’re the best ! (He starts singing.) “It drags me to the end of the night. Who that, who that? Fahd El Khoumisti! “When I play at home, it’s one of my favorite things. When I scored or did a good deed, they sang it. However it is beautiful, frankly!

Interview by Habib Bensetti and Loïc Bessière

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