LIGUE 1 – After Rennes – Saint-Etienne (2-0) / Pascal Dupraz: “I would not have been chosen if it had been simple”

The threat is becoming more and more pressing but the optimism has not yet changed sides. Knocked down by a double from Lovro Majer, against Rennes during the 35th day (2-0), Saint-Etienne had more encouraging elements to remember than the reverse. Coué method or objective reading of the meeting, Pascal Dupraz took on the task of dispelling the ever-increasing doubts surrounding the maintenance of the Forez club in Ligue 1. Known for his raw projections, the Haut-Savoyard favored after the disputed meeting in Roazhon Park a more monotonous tone, with a phlegm in the voice betrayed by the strength of a look that translates a desire to fight.

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We came to play the match with consistency. I think we did well against a very good Rennes teamcommented Dupraz at the microphone of Canal +. We were able to cause them problems and we showed better defensive consistency than in recent weeks. It is important.”

Worst balance sheet in Ligue 1 at this stage of the season

A return to consistency which does not prevent his Greens from achieving the worst balance sheet in their history at this stage of the season in Ligue 1. One more statistic, which does not worry the Saint-Etienne coach. “The players had this strength to come back while they were dropped in the trucehe recalled. I was extremely reassured by our attitudes, especially defensive. I knew that the team was involved, the entrants did their best. The Greens have the firm intention of staying in Ligue 1“So, what remains to be corrected for such a group to be rewarded? A bit of everything according to Dupraz. The mind?”The Stéphanois have it. I’ve had hope since day one. We knew it was going to be difficult. But I wouldn’t have been chosen if it had been simple.”

Especially since the Haut-Savoyard was not helped by Eliaquim Mangala at fault on the two goals conceded. First on a full axis delivery of the head, then after a missed intervention on the ground. Two blunders came to betray an overall defensive performance yet convincing. “We came across a well-organized teamabounded Bruno Genesio at the microphone of Canal +, at the end of the meeting. They defended very well and caused us some problems in the second half in situations where we were in danger. They played their match and clearly it wasn’t easy (to win).”

We have no choice, we have to get high

Encouragement but ASSE is still navigating in troubled waters, with now one more match compared to its direct opponents. A philosopher, Dupraz relies on his “faith” and his optimism“. An optimism that he shares with his players, Denis Bouanga in the lead. At the origin of an opportunity for Adil Aouchiche (39th), the Gabonese international does not give up: “We have no choice, we have to get high.”

Questioned by our colleagues from Prime Video, the herald of the Greens split a last tirade tinged with hope. “Admittedly, three days from the end, ASSE is in an unenvious place, a roadblocker. But let’s keep the faith and just say that each match should be approached as a new stage in our history. Then, we didn’t give up either the idea of ​​saving ourselves definitively by leaving the three places behind us, to other competitors. I have good hope that ASSE will remain in the League 1.” In this situation, it is difficult to judge firefighter Dupraz.

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