Saint-Etienne’s season has gone drastically off the rails after having opened the 2020/21 marketing campaign in fashion. Claude Puel’s males racked up three straight wins after which drew in Spherical 4 earlier than their kind dropped off in spectacularly worrying style.
Not solely have the file French champions failed to select up a single level from their final six league outings, however they’ve discovered the again of the online simply twice in that depressing run, leaving them with just one possibility once they journey to Brittany.
“We’ve got to win. We all know it. The gamers understand it. The query is: methods to can we obtain that?” mentioned Puel, who noticed Denis Bouanga fail to attain a late penalty final day trip as Les Verts missed out on a derby level in opposition to Olympique Lyonnais. “Play to win is logical, and that is what we do in each sport. An important factor is to remain focussed on our sport and the means to get again to profitable methods.
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“Earlier than the derby, I talked to the gamers about what we had finished very well for the reason that begin of the season. Our qualities have not evaporated. In a state of affairs like this one, your sport, the elements you place in and the character we present are what’s necessary. That is what will get you a outcome. We’ve got to snap out of this downward spiral. It is the ‘methods to get there’ that counts.”
Yvan Neyou has been one of many aspect’s vibrant spots in these darkish weeks, and the Cameroonian midfielder’s performances meant the membership introduced on Wednesday they’ve already taken up the acquisition possibility in Neyou’s mortgage deal from Portuguese membership Braga.
“It was my long-term purpose, however I did not suppose the membership would take this choice so shortly,” mentioned the 23-year-old, who has missed only one league sport this time period, and who has now signed a everlasting deal by to 2024.
“In my head, it was one thing that will be sorted out on the finish of the season if the membership was pleased with me. I am very completely satisfied and I wish to thank the membership for the religion they’ve proven in me.”
“Yvan all the time offers his all, as a result of he is a competitor,” added Puel. “He will not change all the things on his personal, however we now have extra certainties with him. If you see him on the pitch, he stands as much as be counted, asks for the ball, and provides ‘verticality’ to our sport.”
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Puel can be anticipated to have the ability to name on veteran full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has recovered from a thigh damage sustained in opposition to Olympique de Marseille in mid-September, whereas he’ll make an eleventh-hour choice on the health of Arnaud Nordin, who has missed the final 4 matches.
Panagiotis Retsos and Kévin Monnet-Paquet will each be lacking for the sport in opposition to Brest, who’ve made their second-best begin to a top-flight marketing campaign. Solely in 2010/11 did they’ve extra wins after 10 video games than the 4 they boast proper now, they usually have received three of their final 4 residence matches.
The newest of these was the 3-2 defeat of LOSC Lille — ending the northerners’ unbeaten begin to the marketing campaign — to halt a worrying slide of three straight defeats for Olivier Dall’Oglio’s males.
Brendan Chardonnet is suspended for the hosts whereas Christophe Hérelle is a doubt which means Lilian Brassier might begin in defence if he shakes off an adductor niggle. Dall’Oglio is conscious of the guests’ far larger issues, however is cautious of a backlash.
“Saint-Etienne aren’t on a very good run, however they performed very nicely in opposition to Lyon. They did not should lose,” he mentioned. “They are a very younger workforce, beneath building, however there’s high quality. Towards Lyon, I noticed a unique workforce to the one we had seen in current weeks. They have been much more strong, much more aggressive and decided.”
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