At a membership too small for the 100 followers current to help America’s Pays de Cassel (R1), former USL Dunkerque participant and midfielder Nicolas Bruneel, 25, talks about his journey forward of the largest poster of his profession: the Coupe de France spherical in Bollaert, on this Monday (20:45) towards PSG.
Interviewed by Loïc Bessière in Noordpenne
01/23/23 – 20H45
You’ll face PSG in Bollaert. Is it like a dream?
It’s a dream stuffed with feelings and pleasure. This does not occur on daily basis, a lot much less in Bollaert. Since I am all for OM, this provides some spice to the match!
We have no stress, we do not have a lot to lose. You simply should have enjoyable and provides it to the individuals of the North. »
Have you ever been extra in demand because you certified?
Sure, and it is regular if you obtain a feat like us, qualifying for the sixteenth spherical of the Coupe de France towards PSG, ending 1st within the area. A variety of journalists got here, I’ve by no means seen so many individuals on the Noordpeene stadium! However we haven’t any stress, we do not have a lot to lose. You simply should have enjoyable and provides it to the individuals of the North.
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Bollaert’s stadium can be full, does that shock you?
Shocked sure and no. We all know that folks within the north are actually considering soccer, particularly in Lens the place the ambiance is unequalled. However I am nonetheless stunned as a result of it is Monday night and it isn’t straightforward for youngsters and dealing individuals.
“We all know very effectively that irrespective of who can be there, they are going to be stars and it’ll not be straightforward. »
Carlos Soler, Vitinha, Marco Verratti… Do you favor face-to-face conferences?
Marco Verratti, I’d like to! We all know completely effectively that irrespective of who exhibits up, they are going to be stars and it’ll not be straightforward. Three-quarters of the groups understand how they play, and the end result stays the identical: they cannot. We are going to play with our values and what we are able to do.
How did you find yourself in R1, the American Pays de Cassel?
I used to be with out a membership, and my greatest buddy Klemens Bogdański performs there, so I stated to myself: “Why not spend a yr right here? » For R1, the membership has a challenge that it desires to develop.
“Once I arrived I used to be stunned by the extent of my teammates, I anticipated a much bigger distinction. »
You continue to obtained promoted from Ligue 2 to R1 this summer time. Is not that too brutal as a change?
In that case, let’s be sincere. There are numerous issues that change. Once I arrived I used to be stunned by the extent of my teammates, I anticipated a much bigger distinction.
Final yr you disappeared from the USL Dunkirk group in a single day in late January. Is it revenge, this course within the Coupe de France??
I had a minor damage, a tear in my hip, and I wasn’t handled very effectively at Dunkirk… I used to be a bit nervous as a result of they did not care about my restoration. I used to be instructed I’d have the ability to resume quickly once I was in an excessive amount of ache I could not do something. It delayed the entire therapeutic course of, after which that is the way it ended. I had a really sick coronary heart. I spent over ten years on the membership, I had my greatest soccer matches there. We should not overlook all this. I spent the very best moments of my life there. Perhaps apart from Monday…
You joined Dunkirk on the age of 13 to run all of the courses there. How is your discovery of novice soccer going?
Quite a bit is altering! It is a village and some individuals from the subsequent village who meet listed below are a pleasure. That is actual soccer, the soccer we love, the magic of soccer. The dressing rooms are utterly completely different. There is no such thing as a gentle within the showers right here! It is a utterly completely different consolation however you get used to it rapidly and when you’ve got a pleasant group like right here with a lot of associates it makes a distinction. I stay unemployed ready to discover a challenge. We’ll see subsequent yr what I wish to do: return to soccer significantly or get a job and play soccer on the aspect.
“It is the primary time I’ve performed for a crew that has a lot ball in video games. »
You talked about it earlier: what’s the US Pays de Cassel challenge?
It is alleged to make a superb recreation, even in R1! Though I performed at a excessive degree, it was the primary time I performed for a crew that had so many balls in matches. Feels a bit good, higher to be an actor with a ball. It’s our recreation plan that enables us to have a superb season within the league and this course within the Coupe de France. In virtually all our cup video games we stored the ball and created many extra possibilities. Aside from that, I feel we confirmed character after we scored within the final minute towards Wasquehal.
Throughout this recreation you’ve got been suspended because of a sports activities guess positioned. What was it prefer to expertise it within the stands?
I have never watched a lot of the sport! To be sincere, I did not even see the objectives, simply heard the noise from the gang. Once I discovered that because of the cheers of the followers we equalized, it was nice. However penalties… not with the ability to be an actor was insufferable!
You’ve got an expert background. Did your teammates come to ask you for recommendation earlier than Paris?
Not in the mean time. I’ll attempt to assist them as a lot as I can on D-Day after we go to the large stadium to see the individuals. They’ll have stress, however it have to be good stress, we have now nothing to lose. It is simply enjoyable! This week we stored our routine, aside from coaching on Sunday at La Gaillette. However we really feel it was crazier in coaching!
Interviewed by Loïc Bessière in Noordpenne