In the absence of Lamine Diatta and Anthony Réveillère, François Clerc is currently first choice at right-back. And it’s with the qualities he displayed while on loan at Toulouse last season.
By playing regularly, people are obviously getting to know the defender better. “By playing you get more experience. Consistency? I think along with my speed, it’s one of my strengths. In playing these three games in a week, I probably learned more than in seven with Toulouse. I don’t forget a thing from training. I’m improving my tactics, my positioning, technically with the ball, finding space. When you play for OL you only play to win, and you play alongside great players. If you make the right call, you get the ball... You have to admit it’s easy when it’s like that.”
To have tasted the heights now, will it not be hard to let it all go ? “I’m preparing mysel tohead back to the reserves or onto the bench. I know that’s the rules of the game. For the moment I’m not thinking about it. If the coach wants me for Auxerre I’ll be ready and happy to be there. Auxerre? They’re a good team. Often they are outplayed, but they are alway dangerous and somehow win. It’s a very good team with quality players. I’ve never played against Auxerre. At Toulouse last season I stayed on the bench.”
François Clerc is obviously wearing a big smile over this part of the season, so there’s no need to bring up the question of his future, and his contract which expires next June. Now, however, he takes part in our predictions game for round 23.
Ajaccio – OM: Marseille to win, despite their defeat at Gerland, they’re still a good team. Ajaccio are not in top form
Bordeaux – Strasbourg: I’ll go for a surprise draw. Bordeaux lost in the cup without looking good and Strasbourg may have turned it around.
Metz – Nantes: Victory for Nantes. It’s going to be tough for Metz now.
Nice – PSG: A tough game when you know the two teams... a draw.
Rennes – Nancy: I’ll say Rennes, even if Nancy is a good team, they’re less good on the road.
Sochaux – ASSE: A tight game: draw.
Toulouse – Lille: Draw, with a goal from my mate Bergougnoux.
Troyes – Le Mans: I don’t really know... so a draw.
Lens – Monaco: It would suit us if they have a draw.
OL – Auxerre: Lyon… obviously.