Brest Stadium. In beefy, Brest wins its maintenance in Ligue 1 – Stade Brestois
Ligue 1 (36th day). Stade Brestois – Clermont: 2-1
By now two days before the end of the championship, Stade Brestois has silenced many observers who promised him, very early, to evolve at the lower level next season. Transformed since the arrival of Eric Roy who does not exclude the possibility of continuing the adventure in Brest, the partners of Brendan Chardonnet have above all proved, against Clermont, that they have their place in the national elite. .
“Few people, even internally, saw us maintaining ourselves at the start of the season”, maintained sports director Grégory Lorenzi, scratching the old staff in passing before underlining the “contribution” of the new team in place and of congratulate the players. “It’s been a season with ups and downs, but hats off to the whole team. »
Chardonnet: “the boat held up”
From moribund at the start of Michel Der Zakarian (she was then in 20th and last place), the Brest formation has, little by little, regained confidence, serenity. First under the impetus of the interim trio Lachuer-Grougi-Bourgis then under the orders of Eric Roy. Never let go by an audience once again up to the challenge on Sunday, she demonstrated great strength of character by reacting when necessary, and with the way her situation in the general dictated to her.
“This season, there have been a lot of waves but the boat has held up, summed up Brendan Chardonnet. We, the players, were able to question ourselves and put ourselves at our level. Today, we wanted to stay in front of our public, our friends, our families, our partners, our city, and it’s done. We have become a real group, with 25 guys, and the teams now know that it is complicated to play here”.
Lees-Melou: “We didn’t want to depend on others”
Authors of a convincing second part of the championship from a sporting and accounting point of view, the Brestois went to seek their maintenance as they ultimately went through the season: in reaction. Led to the score by a good Clermont formation, the team in form at the moment, they were able to reverse the trend and seize the opportunity that presented itself to them, following the setback recorded by Nantes the night before.
“At half-time, we said things to each other. We did not show the face of a team that wanted to save itself. Above all, we wanted to get this maintenance on our own and not depend on others, ”commented Pierre Lees-Melou, one of the great craftsmen of maintenance and author of two marvels of assists on Sunday, including one for Steve Mounié, author of the purpose of maintenance. The best way to deny Éric Roy, too, who had predicted to his players “that they would have to fight until the last day”. “The coach was wrong, and that’s good. He did not fail to ironize on this after the match, ”smiled Chardonnet.
For him as for all, there are two games left to play, the mind necessarily lighter. Before that, they will be able to enjoy three days of rest. Well deserved.
Referee: Bastien Dechepy.
GOALS. Brest: Honorat (45′), Mounié (48′); Clermont: Borges (43′). Warnings. Brest: Camara (90′), Mounié (90’+5); Clermont: Seidou (57′), Gastien (90′), Gonalons (90’+3), Wieteska (90’+5).
BREST. Bizot – Lala, Chardonnet (cap.), Brassier, Duverne – Belkebla, Lees-Melou, Del Castillo (Camara, 67′) – Honorat (Lemaréchal, 85′), Mounié, Le Douaron. Coach: Eric Roy.
CLERMONT. Djoco – Seidu, Wieteska, Caufriez – Allevinah (Zeffane, 68′), Magnin (cap., Gonalons, 68′), Gastien, Borges – Cham (Khaoui, 68′), Rashani (Bela, 83′) – Kyei (Andric , 83′). Trainer: Pascal Gastien.
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