Uno victory that will count. These are the words of Florian Sotoca a few minutes after the final whistle from Dijon-Lens. A success on the smallest of margins but a historic victory for the Artésiens who had never been able to establish their domination in Gaston-Gérard. “We wanted to play our game but we were a little less flamboyant than usual, continues the attacker. We didn’t have the control we wanted to have, but there are matches like that where you have to be strong. We’re also coming out of two matches where we took eight goals so it’s good to be reassured and come out with a clean sheet. Now we have a series of matches to tackle. “ Not much more to add, except that coach Haise had a near-perfect match on his side.
A training reworked in the heart of the game but also at the forefront of the attack. Executives left to rest for over an hour and newcomers scoring points in what will surely remain one of the most delicate matches of the season. Franck Haise specifies. “After reviewing Sunday’s match against Dijon, I think the game system was rather interesting with more verticality than usual. We defended pretty well. “
A collective ready to do battle
A capital of confidence packed to start a new decisive week. Already because Racing will welcome, in quick succession, two teams less well classified than him at this stage of the season.
But also because he will have to manage the activity of his lungs to cross the finish line without too many injuries. So which team on Wednesday? Ignatius Ganago had been preserved just like Gaël Kakuta who managed to dynamite the last forces of the Dijon club last weekend.
Injured for more than a month, the Cameroonian striker has shown that he already had some under the sole to make Racioppi dance on his line. On this point, Franck Haise can blow a good blow, his top scorers have their teeth.
Arnaud Kalimuendo has shown that he has the same passion for pressing as his coach. A goal in the key, “Not the most beautiful” as he logically indicated, but a goal that gives three points at the finish.
And that, in the mind of a young person who comes to seek play time, is blessed bread. But there are people at the gate; rotation to be expected! “I have two options, begins Franck Haise. Either keep a group very close to the one that was in Dijon or bring freshness from Wednesday’s match. It should be played on two or five players I think. Ignatius Ganago can start a match. Finish it? It’s something else but he comes out of a big preparation and we saw him in form against Dijon. He will start a match yes, it may be tomorrow. It might be Sunday. “
FC Nantes is groping
It’s a little trickier on the Nantes side. A positive dynamic which does not manage to launch and matches with two faces which slow down the high ambitions of the Canaries. The men of Christian Gourcuff are far from being the best travelers since they have won only once.
It was on the lawn of the other promoted, Lorient. “This Nantes team has quality. She also has experience and a real defensive balance. Once again, I know it won’t be an easy game. “ Same opinion with Arnaud Kalimuendo. “We know it will be complicated but we will have to do the best possible. Do you enter another dimension in the event of victory? I do not know, we remain on the main objective of maintenance. The rest, we’ll see. “
All the lights are green to gain the upper hand over the Nantes team. Make way for the game.
Lens-Nantes: Wednesday November 25 at 7 p.m.