A really poor begin to the yr in Good, crushed by Nationwide resident Le Puy this weekend within the Coupe de France, weakened Lucien Favre. Gymnasium’s second marriage with a Swiss coach already appears to be like like a failure.
A face can say so much and Lucien Favre’s face in current days suggests the struggling of a coach weakened by a disastrous begin to the yr. There was a 2-1 defeat at Rennes final Monday in a gathering the place the Gymnasium will provide nothing, however the Aiglons hit all-time low this weekend, leaving the Coupe de France with 32.es the ultimate after shedding to Puy (1-0), relegated to the Nationwide. “It is a huge disappointment. Massive, huge disappointmentlamented the Swiss on Saturday night time. The gamers are additionally massively disillusioned, it’s totally huge for everybody. I used to be working like loopy on this match as a result of we did not know the opponent and we have been eradicated. That is very, very laborious to simply accept. » It isn’t even a coincidence, it is a abstract of the dying season for the individuals of Good and affirmation that Favre’s return to the Côte d’Azur appears to be like more and more like a bitter failure.
— OGC Good (@ogcnice) January 7, 2023
Groping and loud night breathing
Good reminiscences from the primary time period of the 65-year-old coach gave hope for the return of delight and match ambitions within the OGCN after a great season below Christophe Galtier, however not very thrilling when it comes to content material. Six months later, the report is relentless: Good doesn’t impress, even bores, and the technician tries to model his group by juggling between methods and other people. A 3-shot from behind, one other 4, and a sequence of mass performances with out penalties. Off the Rennes scoreboard final week, there was an enormous gulf between the certainties of the Breton group being one and the trial and error of the Riviera formation wanting extra just like the sum of the models. “I do not prefer to play like that, I favor if we have been as excessive as potentialwhispered Favre to the press at Roazhon Park. We weren’t capable of bounce excessive, we tried a number of methods in the course of the recreation and it was very troublesome as a result of they have been going a lot quicker. » Maybe that’s the drawback at Good: issues are transferring slowly, even after the summer time switch window, throughout which the membership INEOS spent virtually €70m on reinforcements (for round €30m in gross sales), not together with wage efforts to draw gamers like Kasper Schmeichel and Gaëtan Laborde.
“Who units the European goal? It is you ? It isn’t me anyway. As I mentioned, the purpose is to construct a group able to struggle for the title and locations within the Champions League inside two years. » Lucien Favre to a journalist’s query after Rennes-Good
Will the opposite facet of Favre be turned quickly?
The one ray of sunshine within the grey sky: the understanding of enjoying within the spherical of 16 of the Europa League Convention in March, whereas Gymnasium, 11to me within the championship, he’s already twelve factors off fifth place and fifteen factors off the rostrum. Favre rapidly appeared disconnected and even disinterested, multiplying little balls, voluntary or not, as when he dodged Ross Barkley’s put up or when he appeared to find Laborde’s age throughout his presentation to grasp his disagreement with recruiting. Now he is dragging his spleen to a press convention and appears helpless, with no options to revive the state of affairs. In Rennes, he was aggravated by a journalist’s query a couple of potential reducing of Good’s ambitions for the present season: “However I do not know who units the European goal? It is you ? It isn’t me anyway. As I mentioned, the purpose is to construct a group able to struggle for the title and locations within the Champions League inside two years. There may be nonetheless work there. » The Swiss, who needed to cope with Aaron Ramsey’s late return after the World Cup and now has to cope with Andy Delort’s want to go away, ought to not be there in eighteen months to see if the mission is completed.
Favre was practically prepared within the early fall earlier than shopping for himself time till the World Cup break, going eight matches unbeaten in all competitions. The great streak led to Brittany and Good, seventeenthto me The Ligue 1 assault, drawn with Auxerre and Angers, appears to be like extra innocent than ever. The restructuring of the membership, with the arrival of Florent Ghisolfi as sporting director after which Jean-Claude Blanc at INEOS, is not going to assist Favre join in the long term. In December, the coach noticed the previous Lensois bolster his employees, selling Didier Digard and recruiting Ghislain Dubois and Sébastien Sangnier to enhance the bodily preparation space. In a matter of months, the gents switched on the gymnasium, and the second marriage to Favre could result in a divorce prior to anticipated. An early elimination within the Coupe de France may velocity issues up and the technician will want wins to carry out till the summer time. In line with our info, Good is already engaged on discovering its successor for 2023-2024 and is finding out the trail to Régis Le Bris, at the moment in Lorient, with whom preliminary contacts have been made, however nothing concrete but. The longer term will wait, the current have to be dedicated to rebuilding the group, which should carry out higher in order that Lucien Favre’s face can say lovely issues once more.
By Clement Gavard