Little-used Killian Corredor (21) had his first three Ligue 2 starts in the last three games played in one week, where he stood out. Before returning to Toulouse, Monday, May 2 (8:45 PM) at the end of the 36th day, where he has played for the past four seasons, he returned to this streak that could change his status in the workforce.
You had your first three starts of the season in the previous three games played in one week. How did you experience this period?
It feels good. We work for this every day and I’ve waited a long time to get my chance, to show what I’m worth. It encourages me even more to work to keep playing.
Have you interpreted this trust as a reward?
Secure. I am rewarded for my efforts. I think it’s also due to the situation of the team, maybe it was necessary to change something. In any case, the coach has confidence in me, as do the staff and the chairman. We must not disappoint them.
What did the coach or staff members tell you before you first started?
They gave me confidence, they explained to me what they expected of me. I was told to play football, do what I could, bring my carelessness, have fun.
How do you approach your first tenure among professionals?
There’s the little adrenaline, the little pressure you feel every time. But we approach it like a football game, very simply.
Didn’t you say to yourself “my time has come, it’s time to prove”?
At some point you say to yourself: it’s now, this is the chance I have to take. But you should forget all that quickly, because if you have too much pressure, it can thwart you.
Why didn’t these first terms of office come earlier in the season?
The coaches may have thought that I was missing certain things that I had acquired over time. Perhaps also because the situation was favorable during the first part. It may be late, but now that you trust me, you should go.
In terms of progress to be made, in which areas do staff expect more from you?
My left foot is my weak point. I also need to be able to coordinate my movements well with my partners, to run maybe a little less but in a somewhat lucid way.
Is it easy to integrate a team in a bad patch, which can no longer win?
Being young, I bring carelessness, I don’t necessarily think about the context. I only think about playing football, having fun and taking my chance.
You have shown yourself quite well in the last three games, most notably a goal against Nancy (1-1) and an ovation from Paul-Lignon on your departure. How did you experience this?
It’s fun, these are strong emotions, which will last forever. Mainly because I played for my family and I knew a lot of people in the stands, since I’m from here.
Especially since it’s the club where your father, Gregory, played…
Yes, it’s even stronger. He was in the stands that night, with my whole family.
You’re discovering Ligue 2 this season, while at Toulouse, where you played four years before joining Raf, you haven’t had a chance with the professionals this season. Is it a form of completion?
Not necessary. There is still a long way to go, this is just the beginning. It’s a relief because if you’re working towards achieving it, if it’s not coming, you’re asking yourself a lot of questions.
Did you think you deserved to discover Ligue 2 with Toulouse last season?
I deserved to have a chance, but there was another choice, you have to respect it. This episode allowed me to forge myself mentally, to be stronger. When I had my interviews with the reserve staff before I left, I was told they didn’t understand why I didn’t get my chance, why I didn’t have a professional contract. I was told there was a club choice, that we bet on young people, but not on me. It’s part of football, you have to respect these decisions and move forward.
The feeling of being close to realizing your childhood dream without achieving it must be hard to live with.
The first months were difficult. We had to look for another club, an interesting project. We tell ourselves that we hit the professional world, but in the end we are not there. It hurts, but it decays.
Do you have any feelings of revenge when you face Toulouse?
A little. It makes me happy to face Toulouse because I have friends who still play there. It might be a bit of revenge to show them what I can do. But the most important thing is still to focus on us because this game is important to keep.
You have a very energetic playing style, based on the races, the intensity, which is in line with what your coach stands for. Have you always played like this?
These have always been my values. I did my years with U14, U15 and U17 in Rodez, I was like that already, I ran everywhere, I wet the shirt, I was present at the duels. My time in Toulouse brought me advancements in technique and game intelligence, but I kept the physical, athletic aspect. I’ve always loved running, it’s part of me.
Is it the way you learned football in Rodez or was it already in you?
I remember when I was little my father used to tell me I was running across the field. And sometimes even a little too much, like I’d like to play all positions! It’s always been in my mindset, it comes from my family. My father always told me that the most important thing on the field is to run, to compete. I’ve learned to play like that.
Does this style of play match your vision of football?
When we play football, it’s for the collective aspect, to be in a team, to play for our partners. Thinking about yourself, you might as well do an individual sport.
What are your role models?
My idol is Karim Benzema. I appreciate the way he plays, his intelligence, the fact that he is always well placed. He is a leader. As a model I would think of Edinson Cavani. We can sometimes criticize him on his technique or his finish but the man is always 100%, giving himself for others without counting.
And in your career, who are the people who counted?
I had coaches who taught me a lot at Onet (where he played with young people) and then at Rodez. In Toulouse, reserve coach Jean-Christophe Debu, who I had during my four seasons at the club, taught me a lot. And now Laurent Peyrelade launching me into Ligue 2.
Is it helpful to have a former striker as a coach?
Yes, because he can give more targeted advice, look specifically at my movements. In Toulouse I also had Anthony Bancarel, who supported me a lot at this level.