Rabiot-Lopez, Titi, and Minot

23 feb 2017
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net - PSG 2017
Sunday, at the Marseilles-Paris SG match, two young players will be especially followed: Maxime Lopez from Marseilles and Adrien Rabiot from Paris, both symbols of their club's will to promote home-grown talent when they shoulder the task.

Two years and nearly 90 Ligue 1 matches separate them. One is right-footed and the other left-footed, but the talent and passion their respective club bring them together. Maxime Lopez, the 19 year-old from Marseille with 19 matches in his first season, and Adrien Rabiot, the 21 year-old from Paris with 107 first division matches, are both already leading elements in two of France's most prestigious teams.
With promising futures ahead of them if they remain calm and firm, both the young midfielders began football careers in renowned training clubs in their region, Burel FC and US Créteil-Lusitanos.
Spotted very quickly by scouters, Minot and Titi joined their current club at the end of their post-training, at 13 and 15 years old respectively. Every step of the way, they moved up the ranks and are now in the sights of Europe's greatest teams. Early recognition resulted from regular high-flying performance uncommon for players with such little experience.
Lopez and Rabiot demonstrate surprising maturity and serenity despite the weight of the jersey they carry on their back.
As players with character, a number of points bring them closer, but the comparison has its limits. On the field, each of them develops his own style to defend his colors.

Small in size (167cm), but quick and generous, the Olympique Marseilles midfielder impresses with his vision, his constant good positioning, his self-sacrifice, and his great passing ability. With already 6 assists and a goal in only 23 professional matches in all competitions, Maxime Lopez boasts statistics desired by a good number of more seasoned players.
Experience, Adrien Rabiot has a lot of it, especially on the international scene with 22 European Cup matches. Very comfortable with recovery as with breaking, gifted with a clean and accurate kick, this large Parisian (188cm) is also nimble-footed before the goal (19 goals in 157 matches), but less selfless than his counterpart (9 crosses in nearly 7 times more matches than Maxime).
Both Lopez and Rabiot are impatiently looking forward to the encounter this Sunday. Recalling the Vainqueur and Verratti dual, their confrontation will be scrutinized. But for them, it's not just a simple Ligue 1 match. It's the story of two kids in love with their cities and passionate about the game, brought up in the rivalry between two entities, which they are now the symbols of.
The story of Titi and Minot have hardly begun, but it's already keeping us in suspense. They will meet for the first time at the professional level. Next stop, their first meet up

Do not miss

News First team

thu 19 apr

OM - Lille | Flashback 2004-05

Flashback to one of Marseille's many successes against Lille in Ligue 1, with the match of the season in 2004-05 (Matchday 2) at the Stade Vélodrome. The three Olympien goals came from Habib Bamogo (39th minute), Steve Marlet (89th minute) and Eduardo Costa (90th minute).
fri 20 apr

OM - Lille: The Official Team

2017-2018 Season - Ligue 1 Conforama - Matchday 34 - OM-Lille: The official team for Rudi Garcia against Lille on Saturday at the Orange Vélodrome.
fri 20 apr

PHOTOS | Training on April 17

Experience the training session for les Olympiens on 17 April at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus Training Center.
thu 19 apr

Monaco, Lyon, OM: The home stretch

As we approach the end of the season, three teams are engaged in the fight for the last two places in the top-3.
thu 19 apr

OM - Lille: Rolando & Sarr may be cleared to return

Rolando and Bouna Sarr could be back Saturday against Lille while Boubacar Kamara is out.
fri 20 apr

Replay | Rudi Garcia's pre-match press conference ahead of OM - Lille

OM coach Rudi Garcia spoke on Thursday at a press conference to discuss the game against his former club, LOSC.
fri 20 apr

Replay | Payet's press conference ahead of OM - Lille

Re-live OM captain Dimitri Payet's press conference ahead of OM - Lille.
fri 20 apr

Hyundai hooks the First Team up with new Tucsans

On Tuesday, April 17, the Hyundai Groupe Baldassari - official partner of Olympique de Marseille - presented the First Team players with new vehicles at the RLD center. The Korean brand refreshed Les Olympiens fleet with Hyundai Tucsons.