In the aisles of Charléty, Morgan Guilavogui checks the calls on his phone. "I'm sure it will ring," he smiles. First scorer of the victory against Dunkirk (2-1) on a header in the 12th minute, the 23-year-old striker awaited a call from his big brother Josuha, the international midfielder (7 caps) from Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) with whom he is very close. “Last week, he gave me a bit of room, telling me: the team won 4-0, how come you didn't score? There, I will be able to tell him that it was a more complicated match, but that I had finally managed to score. I score, I help the team, I am happy. For me, it's a relief, a liberation. This goal, I have been waiting for it for so long…. "
Arrived in June 2020 from Toulon (National), Guilavogui had not yet managed to unlock his counter with Paris FC.
“Obviously when you're an attacker, it's important to score, he admits.
It was starting to weigh down.
This season, I have the chance to score quickly from the second day.
For confidence, there is nothing better.
They will also stop talking to me about this first goal… ”
"When you lose a loved one, it's always difficult"
The former resident of the Saint-Etienne training center, who had quit football a few months when he was 17, had a difficult first season at Paris FC, marked by a long injury (adductor surgery) which left him had moved away from the fields from January to May, and for personal concerns. In October 2020, his best friend, Morgan indeed passed away. “When you lose a loved one, it's always difficult. I'm not going to bemoan my fate, but I struggled to get over it. I was also waiting for this first goal to pay tribute to him. It's done. He celebrated his goal with a finger pointing skyward. This Saturday, his father Paul who “watches everything, records, reviews our matches and gives us feedback” was present in the stands, with family. "There were also all our friends with Morgan",specifies Morgan Guilavogui, moved.
The paradoxical side is also that he marked the day when he played for more than a half at the right piston position in the 3-5-2 of Thierry Laurey and not in attack. “At first, I moved on the right side, then I went up a notch when we went to 4-4-3 because we saw that we were not putting enough pressure on them and that market, he says. In training, Thierry Laurey does not let go of a sole…. It is as if the former coach of Strasbourg had found in him his new Dimitri Lienard, with whom the passes of arms on the ground were frequent.
“I think it's for my own good,” he notes. I've always been told that if a coach is often on the back of a player, it's a good sign. He wants to make me progress and me, that gives me confidence. I am on the right track. For now, all the lights are green, it is only the second game, we must continue. We learned from last season. We had made a very big start, but we saw that it was not enough, that we had to collect points throughout the season. This year, we will strive to be more regular. ”