This week, Dimitri Payet will travel to Rotterdam with Olympique de Marseille to challenge Feyenoord in the first leg of the Europa League Conference. Author of a very good season, the Reunionese is involved in 29 goals in all competitions. He could also become the first player in the 21st century to score 100 goals and deliver 100 assists in Ligue 1. While last season fans invaded the Commanderie to show their dissatisfaction, he explains that this event helped him to resume: “It lasted a while but it helped me to be who I am a year later.”
In an interview with UEFA, the former West Ham player reflected on his evolution over time, believing that failures made him grow: “I think the Dimitri Payet who was 20 years old was certainly not as good as the Dimitri Payet of today. Because he lacked a lot of things: experience, maturity, this slightly more mature side, a little smarter. I grew up because I was wrong, I made mistakes. I fell quite a few times. All of this taught me to be mentally stronger, to be calmer, to handle certain situations differently. The fact of having spent almost eight years here, it makes you grow much faster.