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Delphine Cascarino, the gifted dribbler
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Delphine was without complex, against boys or not
But where does this mad ability to eliminate come from? “It’s something natural about her“, assures Gilles Eyquem, former coach of the youth player. Statements confirmed by Aziz Sabba, who speaks of “something innate“. Coach at AS Manissieux in 2007, when the two Cascarinos (she has a twin sister, Estelle, player at PSG, editor’s note) decide to leave their first club Saint-Priest, he remembers. “Delphine, from the first moments, she showed the football we know today: without complex, against boys or not, it didn’t change anythinghe explains. Right away, it was added value for our team. She started all the matches on her famous right side, with the boys. She finished her training with the boys. She could have stayed with the boys for a few more years, but when OL call you…“
“She is an explosive player, who likes to provoke a lot in one-on-one, with a good quality of crosseshe summarizes. But she is a collective player, she never pulled the cover to herself. She shared more with others than she really thought of herself. That’s partly why, I think, it doesn’t have the expected radiance yet. For me, Delphine is Kylian Mbappé“Words that may make you smile but which correspond word for word to the comparison made by Amel Majri, her friend at OL.
Delphine Cascarino during Euro 2022
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The first supports, assured carnage
Perhaps because like the Parisian, the Lyonnaise has an absolutely stunning visual ability to start. “She is even more effective when she stops her opponent face to facebelieves Gilles Eyquem. On his first strides, it’s fantastic. ” Poor Kerstin Casparij can testify to this: left-back of the Netherlands on Saturday (1-0, ap), she first stuck Kadidiatou Diani before recovering Delphine Cascarino at the mark. A second blade which was even more cutting edge. Enough to keep memories for a first Euro…
Memories, precisely, those who rubbed shoulders with him younger have only that in mind. When a kid swims so much, she notices herself. Aziz Sabba didn’t have to look long. “It’s the Villefranche tournament, it’s the last time I had her under my ordershe engages. It was a fairly tough tournament in the region and frankly… She made monster differences: acceleration over the first two-three meters, elimination of one or two opponents before crossing… That tournament, she had shown that she was above.”
The young Delphine Cascarino during the U20 World Cup
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Found on… Eurosport
Inevitably, the links ended up relaxing over time. But the story between Sabba and Cascarino is not over yet. “I am originally from Lyon, so when Delphine joins OL, I have some feedback on the fact that it is going wellhe explains. One day, I zapped and I came across Eurosport. It’s the Euro U20 quarter-finals: first image, boom, a zoom on Delphine. I watched the whole game and the whole tournament.” Les Bleues will win and, by chance, Gilles Eyquem was in charge.
He too remembers demonstrations of mad ease at Cascarino. The same year, a U20 World Cup awaits the winger. “The World Cup in Papua New Guinea, she had made the show, beyond her fantastic goal. As for his dribbling… he only needed a hook to leave“, he confirms. The sentence is still true in 2022. Proof that talent does not age. And that the recipe remains as effective as ever.
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