It was difficult for the Olympiacos president to accept that and have me for only four months. What happened there, then? When did you find out you were going to be the one to lift the trophy at Wembley that night? Lyon have not won the title since, but now they use younger players and, in the future, with a bigger new stadium which will be ready for Euro , they can be a big team again. That was not my game.
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Liverpool and Arsenal were both reported to be interested in signing you; if there was an offer, why did you decide against it? The foundation takes 80 per cent of my time. Do you look back on that episode with regret? He told the defenders not to cross the halfway line because Madrid played counter-attack. How bad was the atmosphere in the France camp during the World Cup? I did that week in February.
Eric Abidal passes on best wishes to Fabrice Muamba – Sports Mole
Change your cookie settings. If you have this mentality then you have to stay at home. The coach and federation made a big mistake by sending home [Nicolas] Anelka and the team did not accept that decision. Log in Facebook to customise Benema Mole. Guardiola was always really important in the matches against Madrid.
Abidal Advises Benzema Against Barcelona Move
What I want to know is how many players would step up to take a penalty genzema the World Cup final. City, United to battle for Ajax attacker? After one abiadl session, we all practised free-kicks with Jose Manuel Pinto in goal. Alone, it was impossible. That happened all the time. Abidao complete Abidal signing. This was against a strong team. I never thought that I would not return. I called the president and vice-president and told them that I wanted to go to Barcelona.
I was very appreciative of this and I still am. Manchester United tried to play and started well, but when you play against Barcelona you have to be prepared for the worst. David de Gea ‘frustrated with Manchester United’.
We played them in the Copa del Rey final [in ] in Valencia and lost to a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in extra time. It changed my life.
Benzema (NOT Bale or Ronaldo) should be Man Utd’s top transfer target, says Eric Abidal
Did it make it difficult to concentrate? He said sorry in the dressing room straight after the game, I remember that.
It was the high point of a fine career, and a match in which the fast, strong and technically sound defender excelled. I grew up in the city so I was a Lyon supporter as a kid, and sometimes I went to the stadium.
We still thought that we could win the World Cup despite going down to 10 men, but unfortunately we lost on penalties. We won our next league game away at Sporting Gijon. We had [Karim] Benzema come through at the end and he was there when Lyon won their last title inbut if you want to beat the best then you need the best players.
More features every day on FFT. But of course cancer changes you. Abidal retires from international football. But we were sometimes given tickets by an association in Lyon. When did you find out you were going to be the one to lift the trophy at Wembley that night?