At the end of training, OL captain Claudio Roberto Caçapa gave his last press conference in Lyon after 6 and a half years of trophies, joy, laughter, fun and happiness that the Brazilian’s aura has brought to the club.
So Claudio, your last press conference in Lyon. Is it a special moment?
Of course, I’m conscious of making the most of the time I have left at the club. It starts now, I have 2 hours left to answer your question (laughs). I’m kidding but I’m trying not to think about it, to put all thoughts of Saturday out of my head. It’ll be tough, a very special moment. The manager confirmed that I will be playing. But even if he didn’t play me I would still go out on the pitch. We would have to play with 12 players!
Are you scared?
It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I will no longer be here. I know that my emotions may get the better of me during the match. Tears? I’m a sensitive person but I’ll do everything to stop myself from crying!
I’ll miss everything: the club, my team-mates and the friendship most of all! The city of Lyon as well, the church where I go 2-3 times a week… I’ll miss a lot of things, like the joyful moments that I won’t forget.
I came to France planning to stay for 5 months… and I’ve been here for 6 and a half years now. It’s my city, I am Lyonnais… I arrived as Claudio, but many people call me Claude now. I will remain Claudio, however.
My favourite memory? The Coupe de la Ligue. It’s my biggest trophy.
My future? I have several possibilities but I’ve made no decisions yet concerning my future as a footballer.
Playing in France? It’s possible. I’m a professional, even though playing in L1 could be difficult because I’ve won everything with Lyon.
A return to Lyon? I haven’t asked OL for anything, but if they were to offer me a return, I would do it with pleasure.
Coming back to watch games at Gerland? If I can get a ticket (laughs) I would love to.
A last word? A big thank you to the fans. They supported me when I played well but also when things weren’t so good, when I was injured, when I thought I wouldn’t play again, when I doubted myself…