Former Rennes midfielder Kim Källström returns to his old club this weekend and discusses his memories of Brittany, his compatriot Erik Edman and how he has changed since joining Lyon…
Above all it’s a match of football we’ll be going out to win. I’m might feel something a little bit special, but not too much I don’t think. It will be the first time in my entire career that I’m playing against a former club, so I don’t know what will happen. For the moment, I don’t feel anything in particular.
What memories do you have of your Rennes seasons?
I’ve got very good memories. We played some great games and finished the season in fourth place. I loved playing there, but that’s all history now. Now I’m concentrating 100% on Olympique Lyonnais. I’m heading back to Rennes as an adversary.
Have you stayed in contact with any of your former teammates?
Yes, above all with their Swedish player Erik Edman. He’s a very good defender with lots of experience, particularly in one-on-one situations. He adds a lot to the attacks when he gets forward because he has a very good left foot.
How do you expect to be welcomed?
We’ll see. I really don’t know. I really haven’t thought about it. It’s a great stadium with great fans so it’s always fun to play there, even as an opposition player. When I was there the public was always right behind us because we were always trying to score goals. Every home match was just unbelievable. Away from home however, it was catastrophic, so we were obliged to get all our pleasure from playing at home.
Last season you came and beat OL at the Stade Gerland. Do you remember?
Of course. It’s still a great memory. It was a real reference point for us. We won 4-1 and really deserved it. It showed that it was possible to beat OL, even at the Stade Gerland.
There have been a lot of changes at Rennes since then. What do you think of their season so far?
It’s probably not as good as they had hoped. They defend well but they don’t score many goals. When I was there, it was the opposite: we conceded loads of goals but we also scored our fair share. We had one of the best attacks in the league.
Do you think you are better since you’ve been at Lyon?
Yes, I think I’ve improved. I’m training everyday and playing matches with great players. The standard here at OL is higher than it was at Rennes. With Rennes, we would go to Marseille looking to defend a 0-0 and hope maybe to steal a goal on the counter attack. With OL we go to win, to play good football. That has helps me improve. In fact it’s easy to play alongside so many talented players.
Which team until now has caused you the most problems?
Nancy. During our last match in the league, they really defended very well. They are a solid team, very hard to play against. They might not have scored many goals, but they certainly don’t concede many either. It’s a very balanced team.
At the moment, both domestically and on the continent, Lyon seems in a class of their own. Who can beat you?
Anyone. If we don’t prepare in the best way, mentally and physically, anyone could beat us. That’s what’s nice about football: anyone can beat anyone else. If little teams never thought they could cause an upset and knock over a big team, then football would lose its charm.