Like Harold Moukoudi, the Stéphanois came out of this 121st derby in history frustrated on Sunday in Décines.
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After its five consecutive defeats in Ligue 1, ASSE showed an unrecognizable face on Sunday in a well-made derby (2-1).
Between their few missed opportunities and especially the penalty out of frame from Denis Bouanga at the end of the game (88th), the Stéphanois logically came out “frustrated” by this shock.
Claude Puel urges his players, 15th after ten days, not to “drop below a certain level”.
At Parc OL,
At Parc OL,
Seeing Sunday the 15th in the championship to suffer to the end a recent semi-finalist of the Champions League on his lawn, we would almost come to find our Ligue 1 bluffing.
Joking aside, the Stéphanois remained on 11 conceded goals against only one registered in their last five consecutive slaps, and we did not see a team adrift in its neighbor Lyon (2-1).
"We were able to climb to the level of the derby", appreciates Claude Puel, who won last year against OL Sylvinho (1-0) by offering much less play.
“Our intention was not to just defend.
We let go and we roughed up this Lyon team.
I think we were closer to victory than she tonight, and it is of course very frustrating, ”continues the former OL coach, close to succeeding with daring choices, like the first tenure of Lucas Gourna (17 years old) and an unprecedented and unnatural right corridor composed of Mahdi Camara and Zaydou Youssouf.
"We had a great time in the first period"
How could this group not be frustrated, with its two points ahead of the barrage (Nîmes), while Mahdi Camara (11th) and Denis Bouanga (13th) had the first two big opportunities of this derby, that the Greens led for twenty-five minutes before the double from Tino Kadewere, and especially that the Gabonese striker completely missed the penalty of the equalizer in the 88th minute of play?
“There is a lot of frustration and disappointment because we played a full game, said Timothée Kolodziejczak.
We stayed on a few non-matches and there we had a great time in the first half by defending and attacking together.
After spending one hundred and eighty minutes without framing the slightest shot (against Metz and Montpellier), ASSE provided an amazing reaction.
“We deserved much better on this match, confirms Harold Moukoudi, in an interview given to the site of the Saint-Etienne club.
We must keep this beautiful face during the next meetings in order to raise our heads.
“Because this current series of six straight losses is inevitably awful, especially after having been a refreshing leader during the first four days.
It's a Derby, you have to win it.
But in this context, it must be foundational.
To be able to respond to five losses in a row in this way ... Now we have to regain points and restart this machine which is of quality, we knew it, and we confirm it this evening.
- Faustine (@ Faus4ine) November 8, 2020
"The start of the season was not an accident"
Claude Puel returned with frankness on the two faces of a group capable of winning at the Vélodrome (0-2) and of losing without showing anything in Metz (2-0).
“Our team needed to prove to themselves tonight that the start of the season was not an accident.
We have since been plagued by injuries, Covid-19 and suspensions.
We had up to eight players unavailable in defense alone.
It's huge and I don't think a club could have passed these moments without a hitch.
Either way, but from there to sink as the Greens have sometimes done in recent weeks… “As I said to the players, we are no longer allowed to go below a certain level, announces Claude Puel.
This face displayed in the derby is very interesting for the future.
But we have to make it happen this season and take points.
“Because his project, largely aimed at young people, makes sense above all in our dear Ligue 1.
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