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Delphine Cascarino, the talented setter
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Delphine was uncomplicated, against boys or not
But where does this insane ability to eliminate come from? “It is something natural about her“, assures Gilles Eyquem, former youth coach. Confirmed statements by Aziz Sabba, who speaks of”something innate“. Coach of AS Manissieux in 2007, when the two Cascarinos (she has a twin sister, Estelle, a PSG player, ed) decide to leave their first club Saint-Priest, remember”.Delphine, from the first moments, showed the football we know today: without complexes, against boys and not, nothing has changedHe explains. It was immediately an added value for our team. He started all the games on his famous right flank, with the boys. He has finished his training with the boys. He could have stayed with the boys for a few more years, but when OL calls you …“
“She is an explosive player, who likes to provoke a lot in one-on-one, with good cross qualitysummarizes. But she is a collective player, she has never pulled the cover to herself. She shared more with others than she thought of herself. This is partly why, I think, she doesn’t have the expected brightness yet. For me Delphine is Kylian Mbappé“Words that can make you smile but that correspond word for word to the comparison made by Amel Majri, her friend of OL.
Delphine Cascarino during Euro 2022
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The first supports, ensured carnage
Perhaps because like the Parisian, the Lyonnais has absolutely stunning eyesight to start with. “He is even more effective when he stops his opponent face to facebelieves Gilles Eyquem. In its first steps, it’s fantasticPoor Kerstin Casparij can testify to this: Dutch left-back on Saturday (1-0, ap), he first pushed Kadidiatou Diani before recovering Delphine Cascarino at the sign. An even sharper second blade. Enough to keep the memories for a first euro …
Memories, in fact, those who have joined him younger have only that in mind. When a child swims so much, he notices himself. Aziz Sabba didn’t have to look long. “It’s the Villefranche tournament, it’s the last time I had her under my ordersis committed. It was quite a tough tournament in the region and frankly … It made monstrous differences: acceleration on the first two to three meters, eliminating one or two opponents before crossing … That tournament, he had proven to be over.. “
The young Delphine Cascarino during the U20 World Cup
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Found on … Eurosport
Inevitably, the connections ended up relaxing over time. But the story between Sabba and Cascarino is not over yet. “I’m originally from Lyon, so when Delphine joins OL, I have feedback that it’s doing wellHe explains. One day I went crazy and came across Eurosport. These are the quarter-finals of Euro U20: first image, boom, a zoom on Delphine. I watched the whole game and the whole tournamentThe Bleues will win and, by chance, Gilles Eyquem is in charge.
He too remembers the demonstrations of madness in Cascarino. The same year, the winger awaits a U20 World Cup. “The World Cup in Papua New Guinea had made a show, beyond his fantastic goal. As for his dribbling … he just needed a hook to get away“, he confirms. The sentence is still true in 2022. It proves that talent does not age. And that the recipe remains as effective as ever.
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