His former manager in Lille praises him at L’Equipe. “He is a complete and modern goalkeeper, who just needs to improve in the Champions League,” the newspaper wrote.
Milan 04/03/2022 – Serie A Championship / Milan Bologna / photo Image Sport Pictured: Mike Peterson Minyan
His performances with Lille first and with Milan later proved an obvious fact: Mike Minan was called up to succeed Hugo Lloris as France goalkeeper. It was written by L’Equipe adding that this will happen after the World Cup. Minyan has all the resources to embody the next generation of the national team.
Frank Mantaux, the goalkeeper coach at Lille when there was the Rossoneri number one, says of him:
“He’s very strong and explosive, with both the right leg and the left leg, even with the feet together. He’s athletic, and that’s what gives him strength.”
L’Equipe praises Minan’s Serie A performance, his crucial saves last season and his penalty shootout percentage saved. Mantaux declares:
“He is very interested in studying shooting videos, penalties, as well as free kicks and angles. He has this ability to analyze the angles of shots, to adapt in relation to the momentum shot … Then it is all in instinct, in talent and there is also an element of ‘uncertainty’ in Those who take a penalty kick. When a player catches the ball, Mike looks at him, he’s very focused, and turns a little towards him, without getting caught in a provocation. And that psychological effect will also continue to grow.”
Mainan has his own routine: arms raised, feet fixed on the line, eyes fixed when shooting, very few pointers before attacking, and an explosive dive that allows him not to delay despite the power of the shot.
And the French newspaper confirms that there is a difference between him and Hugo Lloris: the latter may be a “target” to pressure the opponent, while Minnen shines for his purity with the ball and the chain.
“He adapts to the game, he has above average thinking and understanding. Plus he is skilled with both feet. I love the game. Sometimes he can be guilty of excessive greed or overconfidence, but it is details. It is formula 1. And then you gain maturity and wisdom again “.
In addition to his saves, the ball and his streak of technical contribution, Minyan knows how to enforce his reading of the game to allow his line of defense to stay higher while maintaining confidence.
It symbolizes the constant search for what I call “full arrest”. It’s not just about turning the ball into a corner, for example, but about putting an end to the opponent’s action. It’s like restarting the game: after you stop, you have to know how to continue, restarting on the ground or in the mid-range game. Mike is one of the goalkeepers who best symbolizes this concept. Once he gets the ball, he throws himself forward. He gives a dynamic rhythm to his teammates.”
There is only one milestone to overcome, L’Equipe wrote: maintaining his performance even in Champions League matches, a competition in which he has yet to excel and where he conceded three times as many goals in Serie A (2.1 vs. 0.7 in Serie A last year) , less decisive in his streak (61.7% saves vs. 76.6%) and with ball and chain (61% of successful passes vs. 76%). In the coming months, it will be a matter of bridging this gap to dispel recent doubts.