Soccer. Johann Lepenant shines in Lyon: “I’ll have stunned just a few…”

Johann Lepenant came over his former SM Caen teammates this Wednesday morning. ©Aline Chatel

Success didn’t go to the top of Johann Lepenant. It’s a nonetheless smiling boy who returned to the heights of Venoix, this Wednesday, November 16, 2022, to attend the coaching of the Malherbe Caen Stadium. Educated right here, in Normandy, the midfielder has been shining because the begin of the season within the colours of Lyon.

Indeniable holder underneath the orders of former coach Peter Bosz, he was relegated to the bench following the arrival of Laurent Blanc on the helm of the staff. However the degree of efficiency of Johann Lepenant in a short time prompted the previous coach of the France staff to provide him a spot of alternative in his system.

The 20-year-old Granvillais continues to impose his type with simplicity and effectivity, he who discovers Ligue 1 with a fairly disconcerting ease. Upkeep.

Johann, are you making the most of the vacations to come back again to your outdated second house?

Sure, I come to see the previous teammates, who’re nonetheless pals since we’re nonetheless involved. Final evening, I requested them if they’d follow to come back and see them and to come back to them (laughs).

The primary a part of the season has been fully constructive for you in Lyon, besides maybe when it comes to collective outcomes…

I did not anticipate to play a lot. I had some taking part in time so I am very completely happy. Collectively, we are able to perform a little higher. I feel we’ll do higher within the second half of the season.

” That is what I needed “

Have been you stunned to adapt so shortly to Ligue 1?

I do not know if I used to be stunned, as a result of that is what I needed. I needed to indicate that I may play larger. Then again, I’ll have stunned a few of them (smiles). I watched the championship and I watched the place I used to be going, to see if I may declare to play. I knew, by signing for Lyon, that I used to be going to have the ability to save taking part in time. I additionally knew that I may play some good video games on this championship.

We had been amazed by the serenity and ease that you simply confirmed from the outset…

The whole lot went effectively from the beginning, I am completely happy. The difference time was fast certainly. I did my greatest for that, as a result of we have now no time to lose (smile). I modified just a few issues in my preparation. It is a larger degree and you need to watch out.

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You began with Peter Bosz, then relegated to the bench following the arrival of Laurent Blanc, who then put you again within the eleventh. Is it a wealthy first half of the season for a younger participant?

When he arrived, coach Blanc put me on the bench. He defined to me why. He was clear, clear, I fully understood. I labored in coaching to come back again. It was one of the best factor to do since he put me again on the sector. It is an apprenticeship as a result of completely different conditions can occur in soccer. It’s a must to know the best way to adapt shortly.

“It’s a must to suppose a bit quicker”

Adapting to Ligue 1, what does it undergo?

It’s a must to suppose a bit quicker as a result of it goes a bit quicker within the final 30 meters, defensively and offensively. I feel the large distinction with Ligue 2 is there. In Ligue 2, there was numerous depth, like in Ligue 1. Technically, it is a bit cleaner in Ligue 1. And within the final 30 meters, the gamers go a bit quicker. We really feel that they’ll make a distinction at any time.

When are you going to make a distinction?

(Smile) I am engaged on it in coaching. That is my main axis of progress. I attempt to play ahead as a lot as potential in each recreation. I may have made just a few assists. It is soccer. Typically it ends; typically it by no means ends. For the second, after I make a cross, it doesn’t finish (smile). It’s going to occur.

There’s the France Espoirs staff on Saturday in Caen. May you anticipate a summons?

It has been three, 4 occasions that I have been on the pre-list. For the second, I’m not within the checklist. I’ll proceed to work to be there. That is what we’re gonna be known as.

How do you go from a sure anonymity, in Ligue 2, to the acute media protection of Lyon and all the eye you obtained?

There’s extra media protection, however I discover that I used to be effectively obtained, inspired, congratulated. I am in an excellent temper. It goes effectively.

“The aim is to go even larger”

Is it one other dimension, while you arrive at OL?

After all, numerous issues are altering. It is a very huge membership. Whether or not on the pitch or off, it isn’t the identical in any respect. We uncover and the aim is to go even larger.

Enjoying in Lyon, being profitable there, offers ambition…

Essentially. If you attain the highest degree, you wish to go even larger and win titles. There are by no means limits. You all the time need to go larger. We’ll see the place it takes us.

Do you hope to seek out Stade Malherbe very quickly in Ligue 1?

Certain ! I watch virtually all of their video games. I wish to play towards them. They’d an excellent first half of the season. Afterwards, they misplaced just a few foolish factors. However they’ll do one thing. They do not have the suitable to make many errors anymore, however I hope they may get there. The membership should return to Ligue 1.

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