Euro Sub 17: "He is more complete than me at the same age", Lisandru Olmeta, goalkeeper of the Blueberries, told his father

Euro Sub 17: “He is more complete than me at the same age”, Lisandru Olmeta, goalkeeper of the Blueberries, told his father

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Lisandru Olmeta, son of Pascal, will play the final of the Euro under-17 with Les Bleuets against the Netherlands this Wednesday (6:00 p.m.). At 16, the goalkeeper, a resident at the AS Monaco training center, is described by his father as “perhaps more complete” than he was at the same age. Between a marked taste for risk and similarity to Fabien Barthez, a portrait of a young man who could quickly make a name for himself.

“You don’t turn a donkey into a racehorse. He has that in his genes.” From the beginning, Pascal Olmeta announces the color: yes, the son may have the same defects as his father, namely, a taste that is sometimes too pronounced for taking risks and fantastic walks away from their cages. The donkey comparison will stop there. Because, at 16 years old (he will be 17 in July), Lisandru Olmeta is undoubtedly one of the best of his generation, with whom he will try to win the U-17 European Championship this Wednesday against the Netherlands in Israel, at the Netenya Stadium (6:00 p.m. ). ).

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Wearing the Bleuets jersey, alongside El Chadaille Bitshiabu (PSG), Mathys Tel (Rennes) and Mamadou Sarr (Lyon), the young Monaco goalkeeper shone in the quarters and semi-finals, where each time he saved a shot on goal to allow your team to advance to the next round. All under the eyes of a stunned father in front of his television. “I had the worst penalty shootouts in the European Cup final (in the 1991 Champions League final against Belgrade with OM, failed to repel any attempt, editor’s note) and every time I relive these moments, believe me I lose kilos!” Pascal Olmeta told us, a few hours after taking the plane to Israel, where he will attend his son’s final.

Lisandru Olmeta celebrates saving a shot on goal in the Euro Under-17 semi-final against Portugal
Lisandru Olmeta celebrates saving a shot on goal in the Euro Under-17 semi-final against Portugal © AFP

After trying out at OM, he opted for Monaco… to the surprise of his father

In 2020, Lisandru Olmeta left Corsica, his native island, to make the move to the mainland. At that time, he notably followed OM, his father’s old club. But he ultimately chooses to run on the Rock. “We were going to Marseille when Monaco called,” Pascal Olmeta rewinds. It was he who made the decision, not his father. It was he who said: ‘I want to go to Monaco’. He had done three tests in Marseille, I think the fourth was to offer him a contract like the one he had at Monaco. He was convinced that he was going to prefer Marseille…

Finally, the young man opted for it by the ASM training center, where he studied until he caught the attention of José Alcocer, the coach of the France U-17 team. Among the young French shooters, he regularly competes with Guillaume Restes, outclassed by Toulouse FC’s U-19s. But the injury of the Haut-Garonne goalkeeper, described as “perhaps a little more complete” by Pascal Olmeta, catapulted him to the top of the hierarchy.

“He doesn’t have the same character as me today, but he knows what he wants. If you take him for an idiot, then you’re going to lose!”

Being a “son of”, even more so when one evolves in the same position as his father, necessarily leads to many comparisons. Lisandru is only 16 years old, but Pascal’s shadow hangs over him. “I am going to reassure all the presidents… I have never called a club, I do not take care of my son’s career, I do not talk to him about the ball, he sweeps the former OM and soccer goalkeeper. OL. He is the son of Pascal Olmeta as he can being the son of anyone. It is not because we are a goalkeeper that we should be compared. He lives his life and says it well: ‘I am not the son of’. And that makes me happy. There will always be this evil and this jealousy that means that, if one day it happens, he will take it in his mouth”.

Above all because, beyond risking with the ball at his feet, the young Monegasque goalkeeper is portrayed as “serene and calm” by his father. Far, therefore, from the volcanic and colorful character of the latter. “Afterwards, he’s only 16 years old. He doesn’t have the same character as me today, but he knows what he wants. If you take him for an idiot, then you’re going to lose! He doesn’t.” not be afraid to go to coal, we meet on that. The main thing is not to be afraid when you are a goalkeeper.”

Similarities to… Fabien Barthez

From a purely footballing point of view, Pascal Olmeta comes forward saying that Lisandru is perhaps even better than him at the same age. “He has two feet, I barely had one, the other was for the car’s clutch,” laughs the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport. He has that clearance strength in the arm. He is perhaps more complete than me at the same age. But the road is still long. What can he improve? Maybe moments in the game where he’s on the other side. That reminds me of Fabien Barthez, and I’m happy. I think that will be his strength later on.” Like what, when we talk about Lisandru Olmeta, a former OM goalkeeper can hide another.

Felix Gabory RMC Sports journalist

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