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Has Eduardo Camavinga become the new man to kill?

Stade Rennais player Eduardo Camavinga suffered many blows during the match against OM. – D. Vincent / AP / SIPA

  • Eduardo Camavinga is uncertain for the trip to Nîmes on Wednesday.
  • The young midfielder Stade Rennais has undergone many mistakes and shock Friday night during the defeat against Marseille.
  • For his teammate Mbaye Niang, the young Frenchman will have to learn to play with his new status.

He should have received a red card. Friday night, in a tough match, the young Marseillais Boubacar Kamara split a foul sole on the ankle of the youngster Eduardo Camavinga, who remained on the ground for several minutes. The fairly clear illustration of a strategy barely masked by OM:
hurt the little prodigy of Stade Rennais. Manhandled throughout the match, the young midfielder had to come out injured at the end of the game, just
after Kevin Strootman's fox goal. "He took a lot of hits everywhere. But he never hides and he continued to play, asking for the ball, "summarized his trainer Julien Stéphan, half worried, half admiring Monday evening.

An essential element of the starting 11th, Camavinga is not sure of being recovered for the late match move to Nîmes on Wednesday. "It's 50-50. We will test during the session (this Tuesday), ”said his coach. Its package would be a real handicap for his team as rayon environment, particularly in the absence of Clement Grenier and Jonas Martin, injured. In Ligue 1, number 18 of Stade Rennais has already suffered 48 fouls according to OptaJean data, making it the most targeted player in the championship.

Author of a service below its standards, the young recovery environment has not released its usual serenity, probably hampered by the aggressiveness of the Marseillais. “He took a lot of hits. In view of the matches he makes, he begins to be targeted by the opponents. It's part of the job, ”says Mbaye Niang. Already facing Amiens in France Cup, Cama had suffered some players probably frustrated ugly mistakes to be dominated by a boy of 17 years. A learning phase necessary according to the Senegalese striker. "If you are playing against Camavinga today, you are trying to destabilize him, to limit him as much as possible. He responded well, he kept calm, that's how you had to react. He must understand that he has become an important player and that he will be targeted. He has to respond with quality, which he does very well, "said Niang.

"You will probably have to stand out faster"

For his coach, the young midfielder may have to adapt his game to avoid impacts. His teammates will also have to support him. "It will undoubtedly have to stand out faster to avoid contact and duels." Its captain Damien Da Silva also has his idea. “Marseille wanted to hurt or hurt important players on our team. At one point, you have to respond intelligently, "added the captain, who had a bad foul on Maxime Lopez which brought Dimitri Payet's almost decisive free kick to the end of the game.

At Stade Rennais, this is not the first time that the question has arisen. For two years, the debate was concentrated around Ismaila Sarr. Very lively, the Senegalese winger regularly suffered late defenders. Sometimes
skilled artist or simulator, the current player of Watford saw his coach Sabri Lamouchi claim it is more protected. If it does not evolve in the same vein of "creator" as Sarr or Neymar, Camavinga deserves much be preserved.