Bakambu loves life back in Ligue 1
After an eight-year absence from Ligue 1 Uber Eats, Bakambu returned from Chinese side Beijing Guoan in the winter transfer window and scored just two minutes into his Marseille debut, coming off the bench to score the second goal of a 2-0 win at RC Lens. .
“I felt good when I was warming up“, said Bakambu on the Ligue 1 program on beIN SPORTS. “I was looking forward to playing in Ligue 1 again, it had been so long. So coming back to Lens – against a great team – it was really a great moment for me.
“I’m not going to lie, I didn’t expect to score so fast! Thank God it happened and I’m happy. I sent the ball behind the leg to Mattéo Guendouziad i ran behind, and he played it perfectly, I was able to finish without controlling the ball. The keeper doesn’t read well so I’m lucky, but that’s part of the game.“
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Former French youth international Bakambu cut his teeth at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, scoring 17 goals in 94 Ligue 1 Uber eats appearances. Now an experienced international with DR Congo, the stylish striker continued his impressive career outside France, playing for Bursaspor in Turkey, Villarreal in Spain. as well as the newest club in Beijing.
“I am proud of my career“, Bakambu explained.”If I had to do it again, I would do the exact same thing. From the beginning of my career, I felt that I wanted to play abroad and I’m lucky to have had this opportunity.
“In Turkey, the atmosphere and the fervor are incredible. I’ll tell you a story: we played the Turkish Cup final against Galatasaray, we lost 3-2, the fans were fuming. I saw a guy throw his keys in the field I looked at my house and I thought ‘Dude, how are you going home tonight? Are you throwing away your keys?! Seriously, Turks are so passionate about football!
“In Spain, they have incredible discipline. Football is Tiki Taka, it’s so fast! When I arrived, the coach told me ‘here, it’s a touch, no more’. Everything was so fast, I had trouble keeping up in the first few weeks.
“In China, the culture is totally different. There is the jet lag to begin with, when it’s dark there, it’s day here! It’s another world and the mentality there is totally different. Discover the Chinese culture was amazing, I didn’t have any Chinese friends, so going there really opened things up for me, it was a great experience.“
A versatile striker who can both lead the line or drift inside the flank, Bakambu’s three goals in six league games for OM have come at the rate of one for every 81 minutes he has played . Now 30, Bakambu shows few signs of slowing down.
“I‘I grew up, but I’m still the same Cédric Bakambu in the way I play,” He continued. “I am a forward who likes space, who likes to run behind; but with one more string to my bow: experience. So I come back to Ligue 1 a little better equipped than when I started in Sochaux.
“I know what OM represents in terms of fervor. So playing in a packed Stade Vélodrome makes me proud. It’s a lot of pressure, but we play football for that.”.
“My role is to score. But I won’t score every game, that’s for sure. But I will do everything I can to help the team achieve their goals. That’s why the president wanted me too. I am motivated and I really want to see this project come to fruition.”