Jonathan on Survival, Highlights & World Cup
All the talk in France on the final day of the season was about our clash with Sochaux because there was so much at stake for both sides. The boys were very relaxed going into the game and this is always a good sign as we didn’t feel any pressure.
I was asked to play at left-back, a position I’m not too familiar with, but that wasn’t going to stop me giving 100% as we aimed to maintain our Ligue 1 status.
Daniel Wass was immense for us and scored two great goals. I think the whole team, including everyone behind the scenes, played a massive part this season.
Personally I feel this has been one of my best seasons so far and I have been very happy with my form. I had a very good pre-season and this always helps and my stats this season prove this.
I was on a real high until that ‘red card’ which slowed me down a bit as I missed three games and had to wait for my chance to get back into the team.
It wasn’t an ideal end to the season for us as we started really well so we will have to correct those mistakes next season.
The obvious highlight of the season was scoring my first goal in Ligue 1. Our win over the champions PSG is also a big highlight for me as I kept a clean sheet against two of the best strikers in Europe namely Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani .
I was delighted to be named in Ghana’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil. With so much at stake going into our last game, I am only now able to turn my attention to Ghana. I was lucky enough to play in South Africa and I must confess playing in the World Cup is something special.
Several of my Black Stars teammates have had fine seasons in some of the top leagues in Europe and I believe this will translate to the national team. Asamoah Gyan can’t stop scoring, we have all witnessed the qualities of Waris in Ligue 1 and Kwadwo Asamoah been consistently brilliant again. There’s no doubt that Kwadwo is currently among the top three in Africa.
The spirit in the Ghana camp is always good and it will help take us to the next level. We head to Brazil with a squad that is quite experienced and i think the aim will be to give off our best and take each game as it comes. We’re in a tough group but we will be fearless in our approach.
I want to finish off by wishing all the African countries at the World Cup the very best of luck. I hope we all advance from the group stage.
This will be my last Mensah Blog for this season but i have something special planned.
Check out my website www.jonathanmensah.com and follow on twitter to @Jomens25 to find out what I have planned.
Bonne vacances à tous!