Saint-Etienne is getting ready for a decisive week in his season. At four days apart, the Greens face Qarabag in the Europa League and Lyon in the league for an expected derby. Two meetings to issues conditioned by the offensive problems of men of Drill.
Summer 2013/2014, Brandao left Saint-Etienne virtually in the general anonymity. An amicable agreement is reached between the two parties, the player is not retained. Saint-Etienne in the heads, the end of season Erding (11 goals) brings hope. The Brazilian, a follower of the latest games on bench, will not be difficult to replace, do you think the side of the Drill. The recruitment cell can even take his time. Jeremy Aliadiere, Vincent Aboubakar or Guillaume Hoarau is an approximate time, without reaching agreement. Time passes and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel finally arrived at the end of the transfer window. Without preparation or in the form of his life, the Dutch striker is not the same presence that Brandao. The finding is quickly made. Two goals in 16 matches, difficulty in placing and little involvement in the game. The balance sheet is very flattering for the old Norwich. Yet some at the club continue to believe in him, head Dominique Rocheteau sports counselor, in the columns of Progress: “Ricky is for me a great player. I know a little about what goes on in the head of a player when he is not successful. It is played on very little. In Manchester, a boy like Van Persie is yet a great striker has not scored for a long time. Rooney is the same. There are plenty of great players to whom it happened. ”
An attack at half mast
With 179 shots in Ligue 1, the Saint Etienne attack is on the podium of the championship before the PSG. Statistical spoils by calculating the ratio according framed attempts (55). The Greens fall to the 17 th. The opportunities are there but the realism is lacking. Erding, Gradel, Monnet-Paquet, Hamouma, and Van Wolfswinkel Corgnet totaled 10 goals. Injuries, lack of confidence, the causes are many. In Saint-Etienne, the issue has all the conversations and press conferences. Christophe Galtier thinks day and night, “I have not slept for four days. I have a reflection in the approach to the game, pregame. The sequence of meetings generates a lot of physical fatigue, but also mental, “he declared before the draw against Nantes (0-0). Two small narrow victories (Lorient and Metz) over the last eleven games, it leaves traces. Saint Etienne is the champion of the tie (9). The first three share points in the Europa League, without goals, even placed the Greens in history . No team had achieved such a feat in the competition.
Lyon and Qarabag to react
Long gone are the days when Aubameyang panicked counters in Ligue 1. Today Saint Etienne is all about defense, but Galtier knows it is not enough: “As long as we do not take goal, okay, but still, if we want to be there, and it will have to score goals to win matches. “The Etienne coach pushes open doors. His 4-2-3-1 is perhaps not the right solution. In his defense, players like Corgnet Hamouma and are far from the level of last year. Former Caen talk to him, to “click” and wants to “let the horses.” The rest of the season depends on it. Face Qarabag, the Greens have no more room for error on pain of saying goodbye to a competition they had not known for five years. A success would place the residents of Geoffroy-Guichard in the best frame to four days a derby against the historic enemy. Van Wolfswinkel and others can not wait.