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Damien Comolli revived Téfécé. Appointed to the presidency of Toulouse when Redbird Capital arrived at the head of the club in 2020, the former sporting director of Liverpool had to leave Ligue 2 to start his project. Two years later, the Violets are back in Ligue 1 after a season under control from start to finish and punctuated by a league title. In an interview given to RMC Sports, Damien Comolli returned to this success: “I have lived these last few days in a kind of fullness of work well done, work accomplished. Of a planned success in some way. We did everything to remove as many uncertainties as possible and plan where we wanted to go, how we wanted to go and when we wanted to go. And I live it in a sense both of communion with our whole community, all of our supporters, and of pride in having given them pride. We receive emails, messages from people telling us: we are proud of Toulouse, proud of the TFC, proud to be from Toulouse, proud of the city. »
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Damien Comolli also detailed the successes of the Toulouse season: “I often hear that defenses win championships. In fact, we looked and it’s wrong. It’s the best attacks that bring you up to L1. So we started from the principle that we had to attack to go up […] And then, last season was such an injustice, with what happened in Nantes, we were all robbed of a year of our existence in Ligue 1. In the locker room, we were all in tears. Me first. I told the players: we will come back stronger! I give you my word of honor. And on the first day of preparation, we didn’t say « we want to go up ». Outside it was said. Internally, we said: « we want to be champions ». I made a presentation and on the last slide, it was the L2 trophy”
Ambition for Ligue 1
Back in Ligue 1, the president of Téfécé has big ambitions in the long term: “ As I told you, we are ambitious, we are not going to be complex, we are going to have a lot of humility. We are happy with the work that has been done over these two years, but we know we can do better. More. The club are believed to be at 50% of their potential. We have sold almost all of our hospitality for next season. We had the « Toulouse Football Cœur » gala dinner (the club’s endowment fund) on the lawn last Monday, we couldn’t provide all the tables. The phone rings constantly. It gives you an idea of the potential of the club. We are not dreaming! Our place is up there, it’s not a dream. So we know we won’t have the ball when we play against Paris, no problem. But our place is at this table, where we will be next season. » It now remains to concretize it in the elite, while the next season will be marked by four descents.
Damien Comolli returned to the rise of Toulouse FC in Ligue 1 next season. The president of Téfécé detailed his method since the takeover of the club by RedBird Capital and displayed great ambitions.