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Bats: 'It was an emotional night for me and I received a great tribute'

Published on the 18 December 2017 à 10:57 by SC

After his last ever home match at Groupama Stadium, goalkeeper coach Joel Bats arrived on the set of OL TV to discuss a very special night.



Antho Lopes offered you a great send off this evening…
"I have to pay tribute to Antho. You can't sum up our relationship in just one match, there been so much hard work and history... a real partnership. We have fought hard every day to get Antho where he is today. Now he can fly with his own wings. It wasn't easy tonight. he made a number of very tough saves. The goalkeepers made the difference tonight."

How did it feel to be at your final home game?
"You have to dig a little to get to know me. My goalkeeper know who I am. I remember the daily grind. I work hard from breakfast at 8am until 8pm... It's a lot of work and people don't always realise. Bruno Genesio has confidence in me so I would with a lot of the players. I love this work, away from the limelight. To receive these tributes tonight is just the icing on the cake. It's nice for my family and friends. I probably didn't appreciate all the tributes as much as I should have. But it was really nice tonight. I wanted to hang the scarf in the goal as a sign... It was very emotional when Bruno gave me a big hug at the end of the match, because the idiot got sent off and won't be on the bench against Toulouse... So this was our last game together..."

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What will you remember of your time at OL?
When I joined the club in 2000, José Broissart told me that the club had never produced any goalkeepers and never would. That was nice (smiles). I have met some really great lads in my time here. Over the years, we meet up from time to time. It's great to chat about old matches and funny stories. I was here when OL were top of the tree and I won trophies and sit atop the standings. The goalkeepers had confidence in me and that is essential. I look after them... 'Poulet' is perhaps the only thing people will remember about me here... in Montreal I'll be called 'Chicken'... we'll see..."




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