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Rami: 'I felt good for my first match'

Publish on 10/10/2021 at 11:00

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World Cup winner Adil Rami made his Troyes debut on Saturday, featuring for the reserves against Illkirch in the fifth tier.

Rami, 35, had last played for Boavista against Gil Vicente on May 19 and the centre-half was delighted to keep a clean sheet on his first Troyes appearance in a 0-0 draw. The former Marseille defender said: "I felt good for my first match. It wasn't easy for me as I knew there'd be expectations and I didn't know any of my team-mates or the tactics. I got 90 minutes under my belt and that's the most important thing for me.

"I was happy to play for the reserves. When coach Laurent Batlles proposed it to me I accepted with pleasure. I need match time as I want to be ready to play in Ligue 1. I'm going to need time. Mentally I am ready. The body needs to follow and physically I'll get better, little by little, over time."

"People are asking questions"

A Ligue 1 Uber Eats champion with Lille in 2011, Rami continued: "I don't know what position I'll play in in the three-man defence. I feel at my best playing centrally. Despite being 35, nearly 36, I'm an active player and I like covering and running a defence. People are asking questions based on my last two seasons and my age. They wonder what I can really bring to the party. I'm impatient to be at 100% to be one of the best centre-halves in Ligue 1."

Batlles commented: "What pleased me was his enthusiasm to play, to talk to the others, be a leader. He played simply and was applied. He also needs to rediscover his long passing game and work on the way we like to play."

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