By Simon Galinier
Three years, almost to the day, after his last relocation to the Vélodrome stadium, already against Toulouse (25-10 victory), Toulon find the Marseille enclosure, this Saturday (9:05 p.m.) facing the Toulouse stadiumchampion of France and Europe in title, on behalf of the 23rd day of the Top 14.
A gala meeting which saves the Var players, like the back Aymeric Luc (24 years old), landed last summer from Bayonne, and who has never trod the legendary lawn of the Orange Vélodrome. “It is clear that it makes you want, because it is a beautiful poster that will be played in a packed stadium. You have to know how to take advantage of these unique moments in a career and above all have a lot of fun,” he explains.
“It’s a stadium where every athlete dreams of one day going there and even more of playing there”
More than 60,000 spectators are expected in Marseille on Saturday to witness this clash in Rouge et Noir, but Aymeric Luc is aware that the Toulonnais should not be intoxicated by all this fervor. “We’re going to take advantage of this atmosphere, it’s going to be a bit impressive, but I don’t think we have to put extra pressure on ourselves, just because we’re changing stadiums. The pressure will be there like before every rugby match. The context and the enthusiasm that there will be around this match must not be beyond us, ”he says, before continuing:
It’s a place where every athlete dreams of one day going there and even more of playing there, so it’s a real chance to experience that. This stadium is one of the best in France. Even more, since its renovation, I find that it has a sacred appearance and it is quite impressive. I haven’t had the chance to go see OM matches yet, but it’s part of my plans.
“Above all, do not play the match before”, warns Franck Azéma
The former Bayonnais, Aymeric Luc, hammers the “notion of pleasure”, in order to fully experience this evening. “You have to make the most of the moment and take this event as it comes, because it is something that can happen only once in a lifetime. “A statement corroborated by his manager Franck Azemawho has already lived “good memories” and others more “painful” in the lair of theOlympic Marseille :
It’s always a privilege to be able to play in this stadium. The atmosphere that will reign there, in an almost full stadium, will be stimulating. That’s why we play rugby, to go to stadiums like this. It’s going to be a great confrontation, and I feel that this week is different. You have to have good pressure and above all not play the match before. It’s exciting to be able to express yourself, 4 days from the end, on a match like this. We can not dream of better.
The technician of RCTarrived during the season to replace Patrice Collazo, also knows the importance of this relocation for Toulon and its region. “It’s important to be recognized by others, both through our game, but also through the behaviors and values we convey. It’s necessary inspire young people, partners and supporters whether they are from Toulon, Marseille or Nice. Being able to play at the Vélodrome requires a beautiful showcase. It is up to us to behave in an exemplary manner, both on and off the pitch, to encourage people and all the passion and fervor that there may be in our region…”
As you will have understood, beyond the sporting interest in the race for the top 6, this Toulon-Toulouse shock represents much more for the RCT…
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