Football: The Rhone Derby was played, but no one had the means to win it

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FootballThe Rhone Derby was played, but no one had the means to win it

Sédunois and Servettiens were unable to bend their opponent in Tourbillon (0-0) on Saturday. And yet there were intentions.

In a derby there is often only the victory that is beautiful. So the 0-0 between Sion and Servette has nothing to satisfy the fans. Players and coaches will find ways to reassure themselves. The two teams certainly lacked a lot of ingredients to really change the game, but it’s hard to blame them for anything other than their own limits.

Musa Araz and Patrick Pflücke tried in vain to unblock the meeting on Saturday.

Musa Araz and Patrick Pflücke tried in vain to unblock the meeting on Saturday.

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There is both hope and despair that this first game of the season will have embodied. The next one is at the end of January. Then perhaps we will measure the progress made.

The Three Teachings

  • Time will tell if it’s just a summer mirage, but it’s still sweet to see that Zion is no longer passive. During the summer, there was a fundamental reflection on the part of Sédunois: it was necessary to get rid of the tackiness that characterized the Valais during two or three seasons. A football game is played before it is suffered, and it doesn’t take much to at least give the feeling that one can be an actor and decide it through an approach where the use of the ball plays a predominant role. And if you put your heart into it as it is now, we can expect a season in which it will be pleasant to come to Tourbillon. It’s a real change.

  • This derby was supposed to provide more clues about the Garnet, particularly in their intentions for this new season. After two encounters to get the opponent to do it, Napkin has found the taste of the ball. A 51.5% holding more in line with Geneva standards. Perhaps the presence of Steve Rouiller on the defensive (Vouilloz gets hit in the nose) helped, he who is most comfortably central in this area. It is also probably no coincidence that the Geneva bloc has been able to give itself more vent by defending higher otherwise than against Saint-Gall or than in Basel.

  • To analyze this derby, you need to compare the score of 0-0 with the collective ideas of the two teams. And note that neither team intended to close the game. There are too many offensive restrictions on both sides to aim for the top of the Super League table. This concerns both the attackers’ choices and the respective collectives’ ability to make them shine. And yet there were places.

The best: Musa Araz (Sion) and David Douline (Servette)

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Musa Araz.
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They stand out for several reasons, despite positions not that far apart in the field. On the Sédunois side, Musa Araz will have been one of the most threatening Sédunois. It is he who has touched Sion the most in the area (four times), the Fribourgeois created several interesting opportunities. He is a midfielder you can find, and his mobility and quality of passing epitomize this Sion that moves.

At Servette, David Douline will have mainly been in compensation. He followed the Sedun raids that escaped his side and made it possible to fill in the gaps in the heart of the game. That’s why Alain Geiger constantly or almost aligns him. A role player. And sometimes you have to know that you should not do without it, even if that implies less certainty in the development of actions.

Worst: Moritz Bauer (Servette)

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If Douline shone, it was also because Bauer was often taken from behind and reliant on the support of his teammates. Uncertain placement, surprising defensive technique, very relative offensive contribution and above all a tendency to crack his interventions (as in the 7th minute, on the occasion of Bua), we still doubt his winter recruitment last, to succeed Anthony Sauthier.

The explanation

“Personally I don’t like the way we are playing at the moment”

Jérémy Frick, keeper of Servette, at the microphone of the RTS

The tactical fact

Poha picks up, Baltazar spreads out to fix Bauer, and Bua dives into the back of Servettian's right side.  A recurring pattern on the Sédunois side on Saturday.

Poha picks up, Baltazar spreads out to fix Bauer, and Bua dives into the back of Servettian’s right side. A recurring pattern on the Sédunois side on Saturday.

Paolo Tramezzani changed the system for this derby. After the 4-4-2 diamond that had been used the first two days, this time he opted for a 4-3-3. His explanation: “I wanted to give more depth to the game. We wanted to be more direct and that worked very well in the first 20 minutes.” Indeed, this lost the Napkin side, forced to defend the width and interior at the same time. The coordinated movements of midfielders, fullbacks and Sédunois wingers caused some disarray among the Genevans.

The statistics

96, since the total number of balls lost in the forward two-thirds of the field. Or 52 for Servette and 44 for Sion. Balance talks about similar issues on both sides.

A question to think about the future

BASTIEN GALLAY / LPS

Which of Sion or Servette has the greatest room for improvement? And is it enough to aim higher than the top 5?

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