Former teammate of Steve Mandanda at the Olympique de Marseille, Baptiste Aloé spoke about the situation of the world champion.
TO 36-year-old Steve Mandanda is certainly going through the most difficult season of his career. The French world champion is no longer called up for selection after seeing his club status crumble under the tutelage of Jorge Sampaoli. Relegated to the bench by the Argentine technician, who prefers Pau Lopez, Mandanda must be patient to hope to seize his chance. But the cause of this downgrading is also ideological, Sampaoli having already explained his expectations for this very specific position. For his former teammate Baptiste Aloé, the idol of the Vélodrome has the mind to come out of this ordeal grown up.
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“He will succeed in straightening the bar”
“Steve Mandanda is someone who is very strong in all areas,” the former OM player told RMC. When I was a ball collector, he was already in the cages and there he is still there. I appreciate him very much as a person. It’s a complicated situation for him but I think he will succeed in raising the bar. He always succeeded. VS‘sure it affects me because he’s a great goalie and someone super important in a locker room. He doesn’t speak much but he is listened to very much. Maybe he does not stick to the ideas of the new coach, who makes choices, ”regretted Aloé.