Amir Selmane Rami Bensebaini of Algeria is challenged by Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by
Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 21, 2018. 11:00


Stade de Rennes’ Algerian defender Rami Bensebaini has explained that he is adapting well to the unfamiliar role of left-back at club level.

More commonly used as a central defender, the 22-year-old has been deployed regularly as a left-back by new Rennes coach Sabri Lamouchi.

“For the moment, the coach makes me play left side. I adapt, it’s part of the job. If he asks me to switch to the [centre], I will occupy the post with pleasure,” the Algerian told his club’s official website.

Bensebaini has become a key player for Rennes since his arrival in 2016 and is hoping to help the team qualify for Europe next season.

“It [being a first-team regular] motivates me even more. Each season is a new stage. We are all looking for regularity,” he explained.

“Having been able to play more than 20 games at this stage of the season, it proves that I work well, that I progress.

“I have more and more landmarks on the ground. With the arrival of Sabri Lamouchi, I learned how to handle highs and lows.”

The Algerian added, “We will do everything to finish the season as high as possible. To be in the fight for places of honour, when we know the beginning of the complicated season that we have had, is a very good thing for the club and our supporters.

“Our strength today is our group. Everyone works for the collective. If an individuality stands out it is because he has benefited from the good work of the entire team. We will not achieve our goals by relying on one or two players.”


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