The season of confirmation. Arrived in the summer of 2020 from Olympique Lyonnais for € 25M, Lucas Tousart (24) has finally settled at Hertha Berlin after a difficult start (10 appearances in the Bundesliga this season).
“The beginnings were complicated for me. But since Pal Dardai is a coach, I am more efficient and I feel better surrounded. The team has become much more stable under him. And that changes everything for a player who arrives in a new country and in a new team ”, he explained on Monday in the columns of Kicker before continuing.
“In all honesty: I never felt any pressure related to this. It didn't affect my performance. I did not set the 25 million euros, but the clubs. My start was difficult, because the team was very heterogeneous and not as effective collectively.
Getting in was not easy. I hadn't had any matches for four months before, because the French league season was canceled in the spring of 2020. And then, I also had a sore knee during my first semester in Berlin. I had no rhythm. I got it now. And Pal Dardai uses me according to my qualities, ” he said.
Now adapted to a Bundesliga where "the pressing is more intense and the transitions are faster", the midfielder, captain in the France U19 team, now hopes to be able to reach the senior team.
"Yes, it is possible, I am convinced of that. Not only Bayern players but also Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby are part of the national team. Coach Didier Deschamps looks to the Bundesliga. You have good visibility here. But I know that I must continue to improve myself individually and the Hertha also collectively.” He assured, aware that the challenge is great.
“The competition in the French midfield is enormous: N'Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso. It's difficult to get into the team. I was probably closer to it when I was still playing in Lyon. Coaches mainly watch the Champions League and the Europa League. I was on this stage with Lyon, not yet with Hertha. So it will take time, but the national team is definitely my goal, ” he sent. The message has passed, Lucas Tousart's ambition is there.