Souleymane Diarra is the man of the hour for Racing

RC Lens Souleymane Diarra, the force become (almost) quiet

In their victory against Brest, Souleymane Diarra scored his first goal of the season and what a beautifull goal. He is one of the Lensois top shape player at the end of this year. The ultra talented Malian,  worked a lot on controling is high temper and nerves when he is in action. But for many people the question remains, can he reach the level that many promise him?
As an example of controling his self. In the game of last Tuesday with less then 30 minutes in the game against Brest in a duel, Souleymane Diarra commits a foul and receives a warning. We see him rushing towards the referee, with anger distorting his face and in the middle of his run he stops and turn around.

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It does not sound like much, but Diarra managing to control his frustration while running towards the referee is anything but a detail. Landed at the end of the summer of 2017 in a Racing crisis, Diarra was immediately noticed and doubled. First, by displaying formidable qualities of passing the ball to his team mates and percussion in the game. But also by his unfortunate tendency to loose his temper in the face of what he considers injustices. He had been expelled

“I feel that I have progressed, I really try to be as calm as possible during games. I worked a lot with our mental trainer this summer. “
And this year? The yellow he received against Brest was only the third and theire no red card on the horizon for now. “He managed to channel this aggressiveness, confirms Philippe Montanier. We obviously helped him during the preparation at the beginning of the season, but it is above all the result of a lot of work on himself. Reserved, to say the least, Diarra is not the type to open up. But when asked , this was his answer to his new maturity: “I feel that I have progressed.  I really try to be as calm as possible during games. I worked a lot with our mental trainer this summer. “

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“When I feel that I can do something stupid or too annoying, I think of my grandmother, and it calms me”

Denis Troch, mentionned to us last July during the course in Chambon-sur-Lignon the extreme sensitivity of Diarra. Who, in addition to the wise advice, seems to have found in him the keys to refocus. “When I feel that I can do something stupid or too annoying, I think of my grandmother, and it calms me,he says soberly.

If his mental balance remains fragile, Diarra also has the immense merit of not having let go sportily. With a tactical change at the beginning of the season and the advent of duo Ba – Doucouré forced him to take a more offensive responsability with the team. “His great strength is his versatility,” admits Philippe Montanier.  After having using him as replacement for Mesloub, seems well on his way to give him the right lane where he broke the screen against Brest.

His offensive performance, triggering the first goal and author of the second goal with a magnificent strike, was noticed by everybody. Just like his collective work. “Seeing Souleymane’s going up and down and his ability to never let go, demonstrates his collective sacrifice,” whispered after Brest, Mehdi Tahrat.