Basketball / Elan Béarnais: Gérald Ayayi wants to be “the little addition the team needs”.

“When we came back from the break, when everyone had a new idea, we had a discussion that allowed us to accomplish the goals. It was necessary to change everything a little. I am sure it will be useful for the team. We’re on a long streak of seven matches until Christmas, which will be really important to see if we’re relegated…

“When we came back from the break, when everyone had a new idea, we had a discussion that allowed us to accomplish the goals. It was necessary to change everything a little. I am sure it will be useful for the team. We are attacking a long stretch of seven matches before Christmas. Everyone is aware of it and ready for it. »

Has the message of a defense-oriented head coach been heard?

“Exactly, that’s one of the keys to getting the little matches we’ve missed. Defense is the key word and we have the opportunity to prove it against an attacking team like Gravelines. »

Is defensive effort in the team’s genes?

“For some, yes, for others, no. That’s why you have to be able to compensate for everyone’s difference on the field. »

Feeling the urgency to break that five-game losing streak?

“Yes, we feel the urgency. We’ve seen our direct rivals win here and there, so it’s important not to fall behind after our two missteps at home. »

What do you think when you see Ad 17?e and therefore in a virtual relegation position?

“It’s painful, but it’s a good thing. This allows you not to cover your face. If we weren’t in the red zone, maybe we wouldn’t have fought so hard with this straight line. It’s a good reminder, it’s a good thing to tap our fingers, it reminds us what the club is in and why we play. »

Does it affect morale?

“No, not at all, everyone is in a good mood. We know there is a lot of talk around us about a possible new player, but as a team we are focused on what needs to be done on the pitch to compensate for our weaknesses. Starting with defense, detail after detail will take us forward. »

What sector are you most concerned about in Gravelines?

“Their attacking talent, at the back and inside. So it’s a two-way game, a good test because we need to improve our defense against a talented team in attack. »

Do you think your status is different this season with almost double the playing time (from 13 minutes to 22 minutes) and increased responsibility?

“I am already grateful for the trust shown by the head coach. Now, it’s important that I bring consistency to my game and push it back to be that little bit extra that the team needs. »

However, we feel that you have crossed the line…

“I feel that I am getting closer, but I need to be patient to be more consistent in my performances. Now I have to succeed not only in defeats but also in victories, we can start from here, I have reached a stage. »

Is it comforting to know that we have the right to make mistakes in a small workforce?

“Yes, but I’ve learned not to be fooled by the ‘we have time’ side.” Therefore, I try to put intensity and precision into my game without letting myself be fooled by this “right to make mistakes”, because when I think like that, I tend to slow down and become less good. »

What’s it like cohabiting with Michael Stockton and Garrett Sim on the back records?

“Sharing is very healthy. There was no need to talk about it to know what each one’s strengths and weaknesses were. They’re more on the perimeter, I’m a little more aggressive. So I found my place in the team. »

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