The SCO defender is one of the main architects of the very good start to the season for his team, which will challenge Marseille this Wednesday during the 17th day of Ligue 1.
He is one of those discreet executives, essential and often ignored cogs of Ligue 1: at 32, Romain Thomas, Angevin jersey glued to his shoulders, is preparing in all modesty to face the arrows of Marseille on Wednesday (9:00 p.m.) , on behalf of the 17th day of Ligue 1. Yet OM, it is special for him. In September 2015, it was at the Vélodrome that he scored the first of his nine goals in L1, synonymous with a resounding victory for Angers (2-1), recently promoted to the top flight.
“I couldn’t wait to score. Since the start of the season, I was not in the right places, I was sometimes late. ”
After a very shy start in L2 in Brest, several years in National and even in CFA, this slender defender of 1.93 m, born in Landerneau, put his bags in Angers in 2013, accompanying the club in its rise and its installation in L1. He has progressed in parallel: “He is consistent, he is efficient (…). He is ideal, at his level. And when the executives are at their level, it’s easier to come and join that, ”greeted his trainer Stéphane Moulin on Tuesday. Especially since the head of Romain Thomas struck again Sunday in Nantes for the opening of the scoring (1-1). Last season, it was already against Nantes, and inevitably with the head, that he had scored his only goal of the season, just before the end of the championship. Even if the Nantes equalizer at the last second on Sunday tarnished the party, Thomas did not shy away from his pleasure: “I couldn’t wait to score. Since the start of the season, I was not in the right places, I was sometimes late. On the corners, I started too early, too late. ”
It must be said that over time, he learned to put things into perspective: “At the start there was pressure to play these Ligue 1 matches (…), to play against all these internationals that I saw on TV. Today, I will not say that I am jaded but I may take more height and distance. I try to play every game normally, trying to be the strongest and the best I can in all of my duels and in everything that I do. The simplest possible too. I am more composed, more sober, more serene, on and off the field. ” In this particular year, the extra-sportsman has taken a big place in his life, since if many players have turned like caged lions at the end of the championship, he has experienced confinement as a parenthesis of intensive fostering of her son born on March 16.
Become a fan of Virtual Regatta
And by way of escape, those who have passed their boat license with a handful of teammates are getting excited this winter for the Vendée Globe through the Virtual Regatta application. Initiated by his father, he let his boat run aground 4 years ago but this year has become knowledgeable about the weather of the southern oceans and addicted to his small virtual boat. On the other hand, if his name has been mentioned this season in the national media, it is especially for the hazardous exit of Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, who had left him several minutes on the ground, his back marked, from the start of the match. in Raymond-Kopa a month ago. In the following days, he refused to accept Lopes’ explanations. Because even if he claims to play football “for passion and joy”, he remains a competitor and does not hide his ambition for Angers, currently 9th at 4 points from European places. “The primary objective is maintenance, but I want to continue playing spoilers,” he said. For this, he intends to “muzzle as best as possible” Dario Benedetto, Marseille center forward again effective for a month. Because since the inaugural victory of 2015, Angers remains on 7 draws and 3 defeats against OM and it is time for that to stop.