Durmaz, Toulouse's driving force

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
18/11/2017

Jimmy Durmaz has told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS that Toulouse FC must "believe that we can win" every time they head out onto the pitch.

Pascal Dupraz's men head into their Week 13 encounter with bottom side FC Metz in lower mid-table, the damage done by a winless September only marginally repaired by seven points from a possible nine in October.

November started with a 2-1 defeat to FC Nantes, but with Dijon FCO and a under-performing OGC Nice coming over the course of the month, TFC will be hopeful of moving onward and upward.

If they take their lead from Durmaz, they cannot fail to do so.

"I'm a guy that always wants to win every game, even if I go out against Paris," said the Sweden international, whose three Ligue 1 Conforama goals make him his club's leading scorer in 2017/18.

"I know it's a heck of a team, one of the best in the world but I still believe that we can win, because without that belief you will not win, you will not achieve anything if you don't believe it."

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Durmaz's unflinching spirit no doubt owes something to his roots. Born to a Lebanese mother and Turkish father who made the daunting journey to Sweden as youngsters, the bearded midfielder has courage in his genes.

His pedigree also means he has compassion for those less fortunate than the men who get to kick a ball for a living, even going to a refugee camp in Piraeus while at his former club Olympiacos.

"I'm connected to it, my mother and father were refugees when they came so I can relate to them also!" said the big-hearted 28-year-old. "When I was in Greece, I went to the camps with the club, to help the kids, to play football with them because I'm good at football and I have a good life.

"I cannot solve everything but I can solve a little bit, and if everybody wants to solve a little bit, to help one kid. If everybody thinks like that, then probably things will be much better!"

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