For this last day before the last international break of this year 2022, Olympique de Marseille, co-leader of Ligue 1, hosted Stade Rennais. But the match was especially special for one man: Steve Mandanda. After a complicated last season in Marseille, the French international goalkeeper had decided to pack up after 613 matches under the colors of Marseille. Direction Brittany and therefore Rennes.
His reception, on the part of the public, of his former public, was therefore going to be scrutinized closely. But the Vélodrome is a place for connoisseurs and above all for people with good memories. As soon as he arrived on the pitch for the warm-up, the Breton goalkeeper was cheered on by his former fans. Very moved, he was even able to hear his famous song “ Il Fenomeno “, always before kick-off.
Genesio is admiring
Once this one has been whistled, no more friendships or legends that hold even if he has escaped the usual insults aimed at the guards when they clear their camp. Regarding the meeting, the two teams left on a logical score (1-1) and there was not much to show. On the goal, he can do nothing and his defenders are rather to blame on this very loose marking, on a corner, by Mattéo Guendouzi.
Bruno Genesio, his trainer, was admiring: “ he was very good, very calm, it was difficult for him. Emotionally a lot has happened all day. To be in Marseilles, at the hotel, people who solicited him from the airport. There were extraordinary gestures, he had a warm welcome, I had no doubt about it. It’s hard, even if you have experience. He handled it well on aerial outings and a few stops. We’re happy because that’s why we recruited him “. A double dose of love since at the end of the match, greeted once again by his public always, he was thanked for the turns. Love stories can end well, eventually.