Earlier than the confrontation between his two former groups, Toulouse FC and AS Monaco, the Tunisian central defender, quarter-finalist within the Champions League in 2015 with the Pink and Whites, spoke about his time within the Principality. Upkeep.
He has stored the identical attachment for AS Monaco and its supporters, because the reverse! Nonetheless, Aymen Abdennour solely spent a season and a half on the foot of the Rock. However from his relationship with Ricardo Carvalho within the Champions League quarter-final towards Juve, to passing his headed purpose towards the Zenith, all the things was very sturdy throughout this 2014-2015 season. That is what he advised us with the sincerity and humanity that characterize him, earlier than the duel between his two favourite golf equipment, Toulouse and Monaco. Meet.
Whats up Ayman. To start out, are you able to inform us about your self?
I’m nearly 34 years previous (he was born on August 6, editor’s be aware), and this summer time I signed a one-year contract with Rodez in Ligue 2, after a two-year expertise in Qatar. Earlier than that I used to be in Turkey, within the first division membership Kayserispor. So I am right here on the RAF for the season. It went properly at first, after which I suffered a quadriceps damage. At present I’m in rehabilitation, however I hope to affix my teammates very quickly.
Aymen Abdennour, with 302 skilled matches together with 109 in @Ligue1UberEatsengages with the RAF till 2023 ✍️💊
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– Rodez Aveyron Foot (@OfficielRAF) August 30, 2022
The purpose is to make them profit out of your expertise?
The purpose is to proceed taking part in above all. I needed to return again to Europe, as a result of I wish to end my profession right here. So the purpose is to assist, to assist my teammates and to oversee the younger folks successfully, as a result of there are a variety of them within the membership. Ligue 2 is an efficient league the place there’s competitors and ambition. I am additionally right here to convey competitors to the group, and pursue my ardour.
Daily, each second spent in Monaco was magnificent for me. There are essentially issues that marked me, particularly these nice matches that we had the possibility to play. The one on the Emirates Stadium towards Arsenal the place we received 3-1, the double confrontation towards Juve, the one towards Leverkusen too.
On his greatest recollections
To come back again to your time at AS Monaco, it was quick however intense…
Positive ! I bear in mind very properly the day I signed there. I spent two good years within the Principality. I performed in Ligue 1, within the Champions League and within the Coupe de France as properly. It was a full expertise, stuffed with happiness for me. I’ll bear in mind this expertise all my life! Even as we speak, AS Monaco stays in my coronary heart.
How do you clarify this attachment to the Membership, and that of the supporters in direction of you?
To begin with I’d say that I used to be very disciplined and rigorous in my work, at all times listening to the technical workers. In each membership I have been to, I’ve at all times performed from the guts, giving all the things on the pitch, and that is what occurred at Monaco. Though at first it was troublesome, I gave all the things in coaching, and I used to be disciplined once more, whether or not on the pitch or off.
It was a really good expertise, though then I went to Valencia. However I’ll always remember the massive matches within the Champions League, towards Arsenal, Juventus Turin, Bayer Leverkusen or Zenith Saint Petersburg. Even in Ligue 1, towards Lyon and Marseille, I nonetheless bear in mind it.
Particularly for the reason that workforce was very younger, and regardless of all the things you stunned everybody with this epic as much as the quarter!
I personally at the moment was solely 24 years previous. I used to be very attentive, very skilled, and I performed all of the matches completely, even in coaching. Actually I by no means had any issues there, and I wish to thank the supporters, my teammates and the workers once more for these excellent instances.
As I’m a defender, it’s somewhat uncommon to attain, however on the time I believed in myself. I bear in mind, it was on a set piece fired by Yannick Carrasco. I used to be so offended I needed to attain this purpose, to qualify the workforce.
On his purpose towards Zénith Saint-Petersburg
What’s your greatest reminiscence ?
Daily, each second spent in Monaco has been great for me. There are essentially issues that marked me, particularly these nice matches that we had the possibility to play. The one on the Emirates Stadium towards Arsenal the place we received 3-1, the double confrontation towards Juve, the one towards Leverkusen too. However I additionally bear in mind my purpose towards the Zenith on the Stade Louis-II, due to which we certified for the knockout phases of the Champions League.
Precisely, inform us about this purpose…
As I’m a defender, it’s somewhat uncommon to attain, however on the time I believed in myself. I bear in mind, it was on a set piece fired by Yannick Carrasco. I used to be so offended I needed to attain this purpose, to qualify the workforce. That is what I did by slicing off Yannick’s cross with a header in entrance of the goalkeeper. An excellent reminiscence.
Do you continue to have some bitterness in regards to the quarter-final towards Juve?
In fact, it is nonetheless an enormous frustration. If you watch the match the following day and also you see that the penalty on the penalty referred to as at Juventus Stadium is one meter outdoors the penalty space… If there had been VAR at the moment, there wouldn’t have been had a penalty, that is for positive! It is all of the extra irritating that we had a fantastic workforce, aggressive, with a fantastic ambiance within the locker room. We needed to go very far. Too dangerous, nevertheless it was nonetheless a fantastic expertise, we had a fantastic run. We performed large video games, particularly there the place we had been higher than Juve.
You had the possibility to evolve alongside a really nice participant within the axis: Ricardo Carvalho. Inform us what it was wish to play with him…
He was a fantastic man, a pleasant particular person within the locker room and out of doors of soccer, earlier than being a fantastic participant! I had the privilege of taking part in alongside him and with Eric Abidal too. Each got here from Actual Madrid and Barca, so it was fortunate for me to be surrounded by such gamers. It was a pleasure, an honor to be with them, and I’ve excellent recollections. I stored in contact with them even afterwards.
You had different distinctive gamers round you. Which had been probably the most spectacular?
Dimitar Berbatov was a really nice participant, who got here to AS Monaco on the finish of his profession, after having shone with Tottenham and Manchester United specifically. A really skilled, calm, discreet, hard-working man. He was for me a really nice expertise in soccer, very technical, and we had been fortunate to have him with us. On high of that there have been younger skills, with Bernardo Silva, Yannick Carrasco, Anthony Martial, who’re nice gamers as we speak!
In Monaco they had been nonetheless small, as they had been solely 20-21 years previous, however now that they’ve expertise, they’re large golf equipment the place they make a distinction and win titles. It is at all times a pleasure to see them play as we speak on the highest degree, and I want them much more happiness and success.
I additionally skilled nice issues with the TFC. We had an excellent workforce, and I keep in mind that we performed towards Monaco with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. I had carried out very properly that day, and possibly it was then that the Membership determined to take me on (smiles).
On a Monaco – Toulouse
Do you bear in mind an anecdote that marked you?
After we certified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League towards Juve, after eliminating Arsenal, despite the fact that we misplaced 2-0 at house, we had the consideration of seeing HSH Prince Albert II come to the locker room to congratulate us. It was actually a good time!
To speak about information now, this weekend there’s a match between Toulouse and AS Monaco, your two former golf equipment!
Sure it is true that each have meant rather a lot to me. I’ve good recollections of Toulouse, which is the membership that gave me hope and the possibility to play in Europe. I additionally skilled nice issues with the TFC. We had an excellent workforce, and I keep in mind that we performed towards Monaco with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.
I had carried out very properly that day, and possibly it was then that the Membership determined to take me on (smiles). In any case, I’ll watch the sport on Sunday. I want good luck to each groups, and should the very best workforce win! Will probably be an enormous match, as a result of each Monaco and Toulouse are doing properly for the time being. These are the main points that may make the distinction.
Do you proceed to comply with AS Monaco abruptly?
Positive ! I am a soccer fan, and never a day goes by that I do not watch at the very least one match on TV. So I watch AS Monaco rather a lot, I do know the workforce very properly, like Toulouse.
Sure I do know him very properly, he’s a good friend of mine. He’s an excellent participant, properly educated, who performs very properly. Whether or not in Toulouse or Monaco, he at all times made the distinction, particularly in face-to-face encounters with the goalkeeper, which is his sturdy level.
About Wissam Ben Yedder
Particularly because you met Wissam Ben Yedder there…
Sure I do know him very properly, he’s a good friend of mine. He’s an excellent participant, properly educated, who performs very properly. Whether or not in Toulouse or Monaco, he at all times made the distinction, particularly in face-to-face encounters with the goalkeeper, which is his sturdy level. He is actually an distinctive participant who had a fantastic profession, which began with me in Toulouse, the place he was younger. At the moment he is among the greatest strikers in Ligue 1. So I want him the very best for the long run.
A final phrase Aymen for the supporters of the Membership?
I’ll always remember you ! Thanks for the help you will have proven me throughout this stunning time. I hope all the things will go properly for AS Monaco. I’m additionally usually within the Principality, at the very least each six months I attempt to come, to recollect my previous right here. I want good luck to the workforce and the followers, and I wish to let you know that I like you!