Crushed (4-0) in Brest last weekend, the Sang et Or hope to bounce back this Friday evening against Angers SCO at the opening of the 15e Ligue 1 day.
Last Sunday, Franck Haise did not appear angry after the heavy setback suffered by his team on the lawn of the Stade Brestois (4-0), but rather disappointed. “Brest underwent surgery at the start of the match. We did not take our chances. We lacked focus and aggressiveness […] There are always some interesting moves but we can’t be happy with that», He regretted in front of the journalists, expressing himself«with a voice of disappointment“, As he acknowledged this Wednesday. The coach of Racing Club de Lens had many reasons to be so disappointed.
An unexpected slap
At the dawn of the 14e Ligue 1 day, the Sang et Ors held the place of runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain. The Artésiens, authors of a very good first part of the championship, then moved to Brest in the skin of the favorite of the meeting. Especially since the Bretons of Michel Der Zakarian had not managed an excellent start to the season. However, the result of the match was final. Due, among other things, to a failing state of mind on the Lens side … and a clear difference in terms of efficiency. “When I watch on video, quietly, the day after the game, we are far from what we have to give. After, it is true that in the first period, there are five chances for us, three for them, and it’s 3-0 … But beyond that, in the first twenty minutes, on the offensive intensity , we were far from the account, knowing that in addition, we knew who we were dealing with», Franck Haise explained with hindsight on Wednesday at a press conference.
The defeat is important for RC Lens: four goals conceded and none scored with the added bonus of an exclusion, and a suspension, for Arnaud Kalimuendo, guilty of an uncontrolled tackle from behind on Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel. This setback – the third in his last five meetings, all away – contrasts with the large victory obtained at the Stade Félix-Bollaert the previous week against ESTAC (4-0). He will at least have had the merit of making the Sang et Or aware that they must not relax if they want to finish in the top five of Ligue 1 next May.
An expected rebound
“This defeat is a reminder that as soon as there is less concentration, more relaxation, less rigor, we do not have much room.», Confided the Lensois technician on Wednesday. OGC Nice (2nd) and Stade Rennais (3rd) took advantage of RCL’s defeat against Stade Brestois to move ahead in the standings. On a trip to Groupama Stadium, Olympique de Marseille could also have beaten him in the event of a victory; but the meeting was stopped after only a few minutes of play following a bottle throw at Dimitri Payet. The Lensois are currently 4th. Always well placed therefore. But if they do not want to see certain candidates for Europe come back on their heels – such as AS Monaco, Montpellier and Olympique Lyonnais, all five units from the Artesiens – they have no room for error against Angers SCO, this Friday at the opening of the 15th day of Ligue 1. “Now what matters is the rebound, to keep our enthusiasm», Assures Franck Haise.
But there is undoubtedly a better opponent to revive. The Angevins (6th) are one of the surprise teams at the start of the season. Under the leadership of Gérald Baticle, they share certain characteristics with Blood and Gold. They are solid, compact and can explode when the ball is recovered to hurt their opponents. The Racing Club de Lens is aware of the arduous task that awaits it: “It’s a team that has been doing well since the start of the season. A new staff arrived, he put different ideas in place. They have a lot of technicality in the middle and in front, they found a good balance, Franck Haise analysis. They are capable of causing a lot of problems in offensive animation. They are also capable, on recoveries, of projecting themselves quickly, of hurting a lot. I understand that they are at the top of the ranking.A nice confrontation between perspective. And an expected rebound for the Lensois.
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