Ligue 1 / Ligue 2. Forcing a barrage for Saint-Étienne and Auxerre

Jnever two without three? After avoiding relegation to Évian-Thonon-Gaillard and then to Toulouse, coach Pascal Dupraz will try again with Saint-Étienne, a Ligue 1 institution set to make a comeback, Auxerre, Thursday (7pm) in the Abbé- Deschamps and then Sunday (7 pm) in Geoffroy-Guichard.

ASSE has lost ten French championship titles (a record equaled by PSG this season), six French cups, an epic final of the European Cup of champions clubs in 1976 but what we are still talking about, a domination of French football for almost twenty years ( from the 1960s to the 1980s), a popularity that extends far beyond the boundaries of Forez and the brilliance of his recent performances. It is this monument in danger, whose sale in 2018 and 2021 was mentioned without it becoming reality, that the leaders of Saint-Etienne asked Pascal Dupraz to save when they entrusted him with the keys to the wardrobe this winter, replacing Claude Puel.

With perhaps in mind the legendary speech of this strong character with recognized qualities as a leader of men, delivered in 2016 during a last journey through Toulouse to the territory of Anjou. While the TFC had counted to ten points behind the first non-relegation player ten days before the championship ended, the Annemassien and his family had won at the SCO and held their own.

In-game jobs

“I don’t know what I’m going to say to the players before the game. The chat, it’s not workingDupraz said on Tuesday:† There is also the whole context, the help that all the employees of the club give us. Every time they look at me, I feel like it’s a compassionate look, and it gives me strength. † Last week, ahead of the Nantes meeting (1-1), the non-athletic staff, many of whom feared for their position in a downturn, came to support the players on L’Étrat’s training ground.

“I don’t know yet what I’m going to say to the players before the game. The conversation, it’s not working » Pascal Dupraz, Greens coach

Haut-Savoyard, 59, whose future is not yet clear, is considered a firefighter on duty and is sometimes described as a “tactically limited coach”as he said during his first press conference on December 15th. “I’m lucky, I’ve only coached clubs that wanted to stay. It creates a certain force of habit.he also said, adding: “I will not run away from my responsibilities. I have a weakness for thinking that I have recipes to help the team get better. †

In addition to Toulouse, Dupraz had already contributed to the unexpected maintenance of ETG in the elite in 2014 after being one of the major players in the emergence of this appearance of several clubs in Haute-Savoie. Even if the insurance does not cover all the risks – the “Croix-de-Savoie” and Dupraz would be relegated a year later – the latter relies on a real persuasiveness that he tried to transfer to the entire Saint-Étienne club. Without the point taken against the Canaries at Beaujoire, the Greens would be in Ligue 2 instead of Metz.

Nostalgia against nostalgia

Auxerre, for his part, remains on a run of two draws, six wins, and a penalty shootout (0-0 after extra time) at the expense of Sochaux. Third in the L2 regular season, AJA wants to believe in its destiny and in a return to the highest level, leaving in 2013 after three decades of presence. In terms of football nostalgia, the Yonne club, a former sponsor team owned by the Chinese group ORG Packaging, which nearly fell to National at the end of fiscal year 2016/2017, has arguments to make. title of champion of France in 1996, four French cups and the big names that have worn the jersey, from Laurent Blanc to Éric Cantona via Stéphane Guivarc’h or Corentin Martins.

An icaunaise formation led by Jean-Marc Furlan for three seasons. Former technician of Troyes (2004-2007 and 2010-2015), Strasbourg (2007-2009), Nantes (2009/2010) and Brest (2016-2019), 64-year-old Girondin, known for the beautiful game he champions , had finished in front of the drafts last year by finishing sixth.

The forces present


: Léon — Arcus, Jubal, Coeff (or Pellenard), Bernard — Touré — Sinayoko, Sakhi, Hein, Autret — Charbonnier.


: Bernardoni — Mason, Sacko, Moukoudi, Nade, Trauco — Camara, Gourna-Douath, Boudebouz, Bouanga — Khazri.


: Mr Millot.

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