Omnipresent against Porto (1-0) Wednesday 9 March in the Europa League, Maxence Caqueret has become a vital part of Lyon’s sporting recovery in 2022, to the point that the international Espoirs say “dream” des Bleus in time against Rennes on Sunday 13 March in Ligue 1 (5:05 PM).
In recent weeks, the tireless 22-year-old midfielder has burst onto the screen with OL, moving closer to the other surface and contributing to Lyon’s attacking play. Enough to try and broaden your palette, bearing in mind the ambition to join the France A team.
The Blues in a corner of the head
“Of course the Blues is something I dream of. It’s really a goal in my career.” recognized the player on Friday, March 11.
“Having been selected in all age categories, it makes sense to want to join the A-team, but I don’t put any pressure on myself,” he confided in a press conference for the reception of Rennes, who had outclassed de Lyonnais in the first leg (4-1).
A very bad memory for Caqueret, originally from Vénissieux (metropolis of Lyon) and trained at OL. “We were overtaken in all areas and throughout the race we want to forget to take revenge, especially because it is a direct competitor” in front of the podium, OL’s stated goal (9and), he pointed out.
“But we are much better since 2022, note the international Espoirs (11 selections). We make better football, that’s what OL is all about. We have much more fun playing. We lost that a bit in the first half of the season.”
Still room for improvement
Since the departure of Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes, who was transferred to Newcastle for €50 million at the end of January, and the return of Tanguy Ndombélé, on loan from Tottenham, Caqueret also seems to have reached another milestone.
“Bruno was a very good player and Tanguy is too, but it’s a different style. With him my role changed. he admits.
“I drive more up front. I have more assists and penultimate assists. Which I had a little less with Bruno. We really have a complementarity with Tanguy. We manage to keep the balance between one player who goes up and another who stays behind.” details Caqueret.
But his goalscorer remains at zero. even if it is not his primary role, the young Lyonnais is aware that he must make progress in the last 30 meters and in using the ball.
“I still have a lot of room for improvement. I improved by losing less dangerous balls. I recover more to take the team forward and I need to improve further on the last pass, project myself even more and finish my actions better.” recognizes the player who claims to be inspired by the Parisian Marco Verratti.
“When he sleeps, he still runs”
Despite the few shortcomings he admits, he is the player most used by coach Peter Bosz behind goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
“He always wants to move forward, but that’s not always possible when the passing lines are closed. He then has to keep the ball and not lose easily. If he improves in that, he is a player for the national team. He anticipates incredibly, he is a of the best repairers in our championship.” says Bosch.
“He is never tired. I have the impression that when he sleeps, he still runs, the Dutchman is having fun about a player at the end of his contract in June 2023 and with whom Olympique Lyonnais is in talks about an extension.
The competition will be tough, as Maxence Caqueret has no shortage of expressions of interest elsewhere. Among the interested clubs, there is Nice according to the newspaper The team† PSG’s dolphin in Ligue 1 loves the young Lyonnais. We will remember that the Gym has been captivated again in recent years: Amine Gouiri, Loic Rémy, Anthony Mounier, Myziane Maolida, Melvin Bard. Other European teams are also interested.
always according to The teamNegotiations on a contract extension, which had been halted, will be resumed very soon at the initiative of OL.
But the young Lyonnais confirms “not to be disturbed” Due to these contractual issues, he preferred to concentrate on his game and Sunday’s game against Rennes.