At Racing Ibrahima Sissoko maintains the legacy of Jean-Eudes Aholou










Football: Ibrahima Sissoko, center of the Strasbourg Racing Club. - SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP
  • Strasbourg will move to Monaco on Saturday (8pm) on the 21st day of Ligue 1.

  • Jean-Eudes Aholou left Alsace last July after a remarkable season at Racing. Suddenly, fresh from Brest, Ibrahima Sissoko has taken on the task of replacing the Ivorian milieu.

  • So "Ibou" is the new one Aholou? "I did not really come to replace him," he says. In recovery and in the future, we are a bit similar ... But we remain very different. ".





While Monégasque Samuel Grandsir should have been on loan in Strasbourg for six months, Jean-Eudes Aholou had taken the opposite route during a transfer last July following a remarkable season at Racing. Suddenly, fresh from Brest, Ibrahima Sissoko says that "Ibou" had the task to replace the Ivorian milieu.



While the latter, disturbed by injuries, is in trouble in a Monegasque team - Strasbourg found this Saturday at 21.00 for the 21st day of Ligue 1 - the young middle (21 years) Strasbourg joins his team



"We stay very different"



So "Ibou" is the new one Aholou? "I did not really come to replace him," he says. Besides, I do not play the same role as he does right now. In recovery and in the future, we are a bit similar ... But we remain very different. Technically, he is a very good player, he is always very calm and posing. "



This does not stop him from admiring the course of Jean-Eudes Aholou, who arrived in Strasbourg with no experience of Ligue 1 before being transferred to a Champions League team. "It is the envy of all, but we must not hurry, I have time, I'm still young, I have a lot to prove here, his coach Thierry Laurey confirms," ​​He has a good mentality, he tries hard, he has an ambitious ambition and has his head on his shoulders. It is therefore a good recruit for us. His integration is good. "



A round of the France Espoirs team



It must be said that Ibrahima Sissoko opened his first shirt under the Strasbourg shirt in Bordeaux in August. He met again last week in Toulouse. Meanwhile, his team has qualified in the semifinals of the Coupe de la Ligue, occupies a nice 7th place in the 16th Coupe de France in Ligue 1 and The player had his first meeting in the team of France Espoirs, What more can you wish for him? "To continue this momentum, the middle smiles, because there is still much to do and to achieve." The first selection in March and the Euro in June will be recalled in the selection Club occur ".





If he is "very satisfied" with his first months in Alsace - "even if there are times when I could have done better", Ibrahima Sissoko reiterates that he still has to make progress: "Technically, if I want to I need to improve myself to achieve a very high level I'm not very clean There are times when I'm not very focused Tactically it's better to know how to place yourself in the field Understand the system of other teams to better prevent it. "



Thierry Laurey adds: "There is still a lot of work, because he is a child who has played only 20 Ligue 2 games last year, do not ask him for miracles, he still has something to print."



"Potential for exceptional skills"



That's good, "Ibou" is pretty hardworking. To see if he would get tired, I tested him by scheduling two training sessions a day for 15 days and making him regular at every game. It did not affect his performance! And he had a smile! "Says his former coach Brest Jean-Marc Furlan," We're doing a job we can only smile at. I always like to come to the training. Although sometimes exhausting, the player laughs. We do what we love. Bossing is important if you want to reach the highest level. I did not come here with my thumbs. "



For example, the Brest coach sees a great progress in the air game. Because for most young people, the game is like on the Playstation on the ground. But it can still make progress everywhere, even in the technical field. Or back to the game, which is less easy to start because of his body (1m93). However, when Jean-Marc Furlan mentions "Ibou", he remains praising: "If you look at his statistics Box to boxThey know that not only was he a great recuperator, but he was also able to hit targets. And it is not given to everyone. It gives you a level about it! The staff and I saw a potential for extraordinary skills. Not just technically or physically: For example, we saw him injured in difficult conditions, but unlike other athletes, he showed calmness, recoil and height. "



















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