Wednesday, January 20

“Nobody is excluded”, insists Claude Puel after the end of the black series

After three months away, Ryad Boudebouz found the Chaudron for the first time, Sunday against Losc. – OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE / AFP

  • Two months later, ASSE finally regained a point in Ligue 1 by hooking Losc (1-1) in the Cauldron on Sunday. A draw synonymous with passing from 16th to 15th place.
  • Some reasons for hope appear in the young Saint-Etienne squad, in particular with the gradual return of former major players from ASSE, such as Wahbi Khazri, Ryad Boudebouz and captain Mathieu Debuchy.
  • This reaction necessarily requires confirmation on Sunday in Dijon (20th), in a shock at the bottom of the table.

At the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium,

The counter of players starting in Ligue 1 without having their name flocked on the jersey will undoubtedly remain blocked at six on the side of ASSE this season. Because the precious draw (1-1) snatched Sunday against Losc seems to have marked a turning point in the management of Claude Puel. For the first time since the resumption in August, Adil Aouchiche (18 years old and 9 tenures) symbolically did not come into play. He was replaced by Wahbi Khazri (29 years old), whom the Stéphanois manager was seeking to transfer this summer.

Ten months after a double against Nîmes (2-1), the Tunisian international found his way back from the penalty spot (1-0, 33rd). Coming back from nowhere in Claude Puel’s mind, Ryad Boudebouz (30) also passed Adil Aouchiche on Sunday, and he was the author of a good comeback, especially after three months of sidelining.

“A group with young people and experienced guys in tune”

Casually, the ode to youth is therefore much less appropriate, with an 11 with an average age of close to 28 years against Losc, against 24 years during the setback (2-0) in Metz there is a month. Claude Puel denies having made a 180 ° turn in order to stop the terrible spiral of seven consecutive defeats.

“Nobody is excluded, there are no young or old,” he says. Tonight I saw a group with young and experienced guys who were in tune. Let’s stop focusing on that, because by doing so, we oppose them. I simply rely on everyone. Everyone except Stéphane Ruffier therefore, the last of the Forez blacklisted.

Mathieu Debuchy, between “confidence, serenity and authority”

In addition to the return of suspension of Romain Hamouma and Wahbi Khazri and that of late selection last week of Peruvian side Miguel Trauco, Claude Puel can once again count on Mathieu Debuchy, who was injured during the success in Marseille (0-2) September 17th. “It brings confidence, serenity and authority,” praises Jessy Moulin. It pulls everyone in the right direction. He is a true soldier and a warrior who never lets go. We couldn’t wait to find our captain. “

A captain who was lucky not to be excluded, between a big foul on Luiz Araujo spinning on goal (52nd) and a poorly controlled tackle on Jonathan Bamba (83rd). Before that, “Debuch” like the entire Saint-Etienne team managed “a very coherent first period”, blocking Losc with a single shot (off target) at the break. “Afterwards, we suffered, but together,” says Jessy Moulin. For a team (15th) having disintegrated the previous week in Brest (4-1), it was essential to show that it did not have a face condemned to a third of the championship, like what we indicates the goalkeeper of the Greens.

Like everyone else, we hate defeat and we try to find solutions to break this bad dynamic. We are happy to have broken this series. We really did not want to go down in the history of the club in this way. “

An appointment already scary Sunday in Dijon

Finally, and this does not seem to be a coincidence, the most convincing performances of ASSE since this summer have been against prestigious teams, namely PSG in the final of the Coupe de France (0-1), at the Vélodrome. (0-2), in the derby (2-1) and against Losc (1-1). “It’s true that we’re rather very focused and consistent against the big teams. It’s up to us not to look down on anyone. “

In view of the two months of famine, even a Dijon (20th four points from the Greens) surprising winner in Nice (1-3) could be seen as a big danger. Because Sunday (3 pm), the Greens will have on their road “a direct competitor”, as assumed by Claude Puel. “We must be part of a virtuous cycle, which we did not know how to do after the match in Lyon,” warns the manager.

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