After a summer spent at the UEFA European Championships, the 30-year-old swapped high-flying AZ Alkmaar for Stade Brestois 29, in search of a challenge.
“If you go to Brest, you know beforehand that it’s going to be really difficult,” he told the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. “You play against a lot a lot of big teams here, and as Brest, yes, you know you’ll need to fight and of course, we had an amazing series of six wins in a row, but it’s every week, it’s hard, but on the other hand it’s quite a good challenge and it’s quite a good motivation to play the match as good as possible.”
Indeed, the early parts of the season were a difficult period for Bizot and Brest. Before mounting their impressive winning run, the Bretons went 11 games without a victory, and their goalkeeper had to wait until 31 October to record his first clean sheet, in a 2-0 win over AS Monaco.
Watch: Highlights of Brest’s victory over Monaco
For Bizot, the result came as an almighty relief after two months of struggling.
“To be honest it didn’t feel really good,” he explained. “Because we were in a phase where we needed the points. When I was in Holland with AZ, we knew each game is going to be much easier to win and it was a chance to get clean sheets. Here, we are more in a situation to make as many points as possible and if we do it like getting one goal against us but scoring three then it gives me a much better feeling than playing a 0 -0 so that’s why in my opinion right now it’s much better to get three points for the club than just take a clean sheet for myself.”
Despite Brest’s up and downs, the Ajax academy product has shown real quality coming off his line to deny opponents this term.
“That is what you get taught from a young age, or what you learn in previous years. I’ve just been here for four months so I expect the goalkeeper coach to look at my games, to look at my position and he can say ‘ok for this style of competition, or this way of playing, this is good, this we need to adapt a little bit, and this, don’t do that anymore!’ you know?
“For me everything is new, we play a whole different style to what I’m used to and the Ligue 1 is a much higher level so different things are going to be asked.”
Little by little, Bizot’s performances have helped Brest’s fans warm to him, something that wasn’t a given when he took local hero Gauthier Larsonneur’s place as the Bretons’ first choice goalkeeper; not that the situation affected the Dutchman.
“I experienced too many situations like this to even care about it,” said Bizot. “I came here I think one day or two days before the competition started, and I trained one time and I played my first game. This is life in football, people come people go, you just do your job, and the rest doesn’t matter.”
Bizot may have little time for sentiment in football but away from the pitch he is the sensitive type, a family man, who played an active charitable role in the community in the Netherlands.
“If you can have this besides football it’s a really positive and helpful thing to maybe even perform better and to do even 200 per cent for the club, for the community, for the city you’re in,” he explained. “If you have like this it’s really good but it’s bonus, it’s extra. It’s not the core business to be the favourite guy in the team, no, it’s not about that. It’s about working hard, about winning games, about satisfying yourself, the coaches, the club, and I think if you can have this besides football it’s really helpful.”
Barely six months into his Breton adventure, Bizot hasn’t yet had the chance to develop such links in France. Despite that, he is relishing the chance to be competing in the league of talents.
“If you have the opportunity to play abroad and especially if you can play in France, yes, you always have to be grateful,” he concluded. “If you have the chance to do it? Just do it! For sure!”