The Monegasque epic during the 2003-2004 Champions League marked the career of Jérôme Rothen. Good and bad …
Before the PSG, beaten in the C1 final this summer by the Bayern (1-0), the last L1 club to reach the Champions League final was ASM, at the end of an epic signed during the 2003-2004 financial year and for a stinging setback conceded to Gelsenkirchen against Porto (0-3). That season, Jérôme Rothen had a unique experience within the Monegasque workforce. With the key to wonderful memories, of course, but also some injuries. Not just related to the unfortunate outcome.
The former international tricolor indeed retains a certain bitterness of the victorious quarter against the real Madrid. In additional time for the return match, won 3-1 by Didier Deschamps’ men and synonymous with elimination for the Merengues, Jérôme Rothen would have suffered a crude insult from a Zinedine Zidane who had just dried him: ” Get up, son of a bitch! Words that 16 years later still resonate in the memory of the left-handed milieu turned consultant.
“These words, I don’t understand them”
” It’s a black spot for me in my career. And in the relationship that I could have with Zizou, says Jérôme Rothen this Monday on the airwaves of RMC. We knew each other from the France team. At that time, I don’t understand because I had a good relationship with him, even though he’s not someone who talks a lot. On this action, there is a fault on me. I’ll add more, but we’re at the end of the game. We lead 3-1, we are qualified and the goal is for the clock to run quickly. I save time. Zizou loses the ball and there is frustration on his part because there, they take a slap. It is Real Madrid, the Galacticos, who are eliminated by little Monaco, after winning 4-2 in the first leg. They weren’t expecting this crazy match … “
In this program devoted to the memories of former footballers, the one who has donned the blue tunic 13 times insists, clearly still marked today by this clash: ” I can understand the frustration and the nervousness. But these words, I do not understand them compared to someone you know, with whom you trained and with whom you played in selection. I’m not telling you we’re best friends, but still. Insults, on the ground, can happen. And it happened to me too. But towards someone with whom you shared the same jersey, next to whom you sat in the locker room, I think there are limits. “
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