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Reims’ Emmanuel Agbadou aims high: “We hope to hold on to Europe”

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Emmanuel Agbadou, the stalwart defender of Stade de Reims, has emerged as a linchpin in the team’s lineup, showcasing his exceptional talent and resilience in Ligue 1. As Reims eyes a European place this season, Agbadou reflects on his journey and ambitions for club and country.

In an exclusive interview, Agbadou sheds light on his remarkable rise, attributing his increased playing time to hard work and perseverance.

“It’s the reward for the work done since my arrival,” he remarks, highlighting his dedication to improving various aspects of his game.

Reflecting on the challenges of adapting to Ligue 1, Agbadou emphasizes the league’s competitiveness and its role in honing his skills as a defender.

“Ligue 1 allowed me to improve on many points,” he states, underscoring the tactical, technical, and physical demands of the league.

When asked about his most significant progress, Agbadou cites concentration as a key area of improvement. “As a defender, you have to be focused,” he asserts, emphasizing the importance of maintaining composure and minimizing errors.

Agbadou also offers insights into Reims’ tactical approach under coach Will Still, highlighting the team’s emphasis on pressing and counter-pressing.

He lauds Still’s adaptability and tactical acumen, which have propelled Reims to new heights in Ligue 1.

Regarding Reims’ aspirations for European qualification, Agbadou expresses confidence in the team’s ability to compete at a higher level.

“The club has left the category of teams scheduled to play maintenance,” he explains, highlighting Reims’ ambitious trajectory in recent seasons.

With Reims in contention for European places, Agbadou acknowledges the importance of maintaining focus and delivering results in the final stretch of the season.

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“We are not far from the European places,” he affirms, underscoring the team’s determination to secure a coveted spot.

On the international front, Agbadou discusses his return to the Ivory Coast national team, viewing it as a source of pride and motivation.

Despite missing out on the recent Africa Cup of Nations, he remains determined to make a significant impact for his country.

As Reims prepares for the remaining fixtures, Agbadou emphasizes the importance of treating each match as a final and maximizing their chances of securing European qualification.

“It’s the last straight line,” he remarks, highlighting the team’s unwavering commitment to their goal.

As Emmanuel Agbadou continues to excel on the field, both for club and country, his journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring footballers and a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication in pursuit of success.

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