Steve Mandanda is not part of the group for the trip to Troyes (38th day of Ligue 1 2015-16). The goalie and olympic captain is being preserved for the final of the Coupe de France, but he trained on Friday morning.
Franck Passi left a doubt as to the presence of Steve Mandanda among the squad members traveling to Troyes at Thursday's press conference.
The suspense has fallen this Friday at 20 hours. The OM captain is not one of the players selected for the 38 e day of Ligue 1 2015-16 . No need to worry, however, the best goalie in Ligue 1 was neither injured nor suspended.
Franck Passi, in agreement with the player, decided to protect the OM keeper in light of the final of the Coupe de France against PSG, Saturday, May 21 at 21 hours. No risk is taken by the technical staff with the most important player in the locker room, whom, in case of injury or red card, would sorely be missed by his team at Stade de France. Yohann Pelé should keep the Olympic goals in Troyes, with Florian Escales, selected with the U20 tricolor for the tournament in Toulon, as an understudy.
If he has the benefit of a bit of rest, not insignificant to the approaching deadline, rather how important, will be with his OM sectional, then with the French team at Euro 2016, in the coming weeks, Steve Mandanda will not pass mildly either.
Friday morning, he intensively trained at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus center, head to head with the coach of OM goalkeepers. On an isolated cage on the edge of the field from "the top", for over an hour, Stéphane Cassard has worked his player by making him repeat his lines through various exercises, whose main objective was to improve the quality of gestures and support.
With each exercise, the increasing lactic acid could be read on the face of Mandanda, but to the end he did not give up, nor complete the task grudgingly when his coach added a final series of strikes because of the one shot he missed, moments earlier during the session. Finally, the two men carried out stride lengthening field widths before before being congratulated on the work accomplished and joining the locker room.Have a good weekend Steve, you've earned it.