Reunion on the floor below / Ligue 2 / J8 / Saint-Étienne-Bordeaux /

Relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of a disastrous 2021-2022 exercise, Saint-Étienne and Bordeaux meet again this Saturday afternoon (3 pm), in a Geoffroy-Guichard stadium behind closed doors. On both sides, the summer is very sad. But if the Greens are still at the bottom of the ranking (19the), the Girondins were already installed in the leader’s seat. Before the launch of the season, imagining the opponent is more tempting.

It’s a perfect record. During their history, Saint-Étienne and Bordeaux have faced each other 120 times in the first division. No other French championship poster has ever happened. In this case, talking about a classic is not an exaggeration, even if this classic, this time, takes place on the floor below. In the spring, the Greens and Girondins actually fell to Ligue 2. A shock, indeed, because of the prize list and the rich history of these two monuments of French football, but a shock almost became inevitable, because these two bastions have accumulated missteps in recent years. In one case like the other, the disastrous 2021-2022 season is the result of a poorly controlled financial situation, dangerous consecutive transfer windows and questionable sports management. The question, therefore, is how ASSE and FCGB recover from the fall and face the summer with all its risks. After a month and a half of competition, we know a little more.

In Saint-Étienne, major cleaning and a bad start

A simple look at the ranking is enough to surprise more than one. Bordelais occupies pole position, while Stéphanois is stuck at the back of the grid (19the). The reverse may not be so devastating, because the Forez club seems, despite another attempt to get abortive, to negotiate well this landing at a lower level. Very quickly, Laurent Batlles was appointed coach. The former midfielder is well known in the green house for leading the reserve there and was able to bring Troyes (in 2021) with an ambitious and attractive game philosophy. The first reinforcements (Jimmy Giraudon, Anthony Briançon, Mathieu Cafaro, Victor Lobry, etc.) show a desire to call managers familiar with Ligue 2 and creative players, but this is the window of transfer that largely explains about the slow start of Saint-Étienne, which has been isolated for too long from elements that are no longer part of the project (Denis Bouanga, Mahdi Camara, Adil Aouchiche…) deadline. Race results: 11 arrivals for 24 departures. With the crying lack of benchmarks and automatism, the Greens went through their start of the season, marked by many dismissals (five already) and a memorable rouste, suffered in the Cauldron against Le Havre (0-6) . The three penalty points and the four games behind closed doors – the last of which will take place this Saturday – imposed after the incidents against Auxerre certainly did not help. However, the teammates of the irrepressible Jean-Philippe Krasso (highest scorer of the championship with seven achievements) seem to be on the right path, as evidenced by their recent success against Bastia (5- 0).

The author of a quadruple against Bastia, Jean-Philippe Krasso is the strong man of the Greens.

In Bordeaux, young people do the work

On the contrary, Bordeaux experiences more intense summer weeks. For a season, the scapular club was even administratively demoted to National 1. Finally, Marine et Blancs found out about their continued status in Ligue 2 just a few days before the start of the season. While we can rightly fear the worst for them, David Guion’s band started their championship in an admirable way, driven by the enthusiasm and enthusiasm of young nuggets just asking to express themselves. This unrestrained youth, consisting of Logan Delaurier-Chaubet, Dilane Bakwa and Junior Mwanga, brings a breath of fresh air to Matmut-Atlantique. But we can have legitimate doubts about his ability to maintain such a level of performance throughout the season. “It is impossible for young people to work 38 dayssaid Guion in the press last Thursday. They should be preserved, not roasted. This is very important. » In this sense, the contribution of the recruits made official before the closing of the market (Yoann Barbet, Vital N’Simba, Clément Michelin, Aliou Badji and Zuriko Davitashvili) will be carefully evaluated. It should also be noted that Aquitaine has benefited from a smaller calendar so far, facing more formations that should struggle in the second half of the table (Rodez, Niort, QRM) than serious contenders for promotion . Several major tests are on the program in the coming weeks. One of them is the planned trip to Geoffroy-Guichard this Saturday.

The youth of Bordeaux dressed their club at the start of the season.

By Raphael Brosse

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