Speaking as part of an extensive, exclusive interview with France Football, 21-year-old French midfielder and France U21s international Mattéo Guendouzi discussed his preferred position and the importance of a strong mentality.
“First off, I want to be on the pitch. I am lucky to have the qualities that allow me to play in all three positions (6, 8 or 10). I have a big range of play, very good technical quality, passing. I am lucky. It all depends on the system, the philosophy of the coach, with who you play in midfield. Versatility is very important.”
“Your head plays a big part in being responsible for your career. As a midfielder, I need to think: where to place the ball? Who to put in the best position? If you don’t take the information in, and, so, you do not think before, opponents are going to come towards you and recover the ball. If you press without thinking, you are going to run around like an idiot. You are going to exhaust yourself. Your head is paramount for a career at the highest level.”