The context: Brest has it across the throat
Despite an inaugural defeat at Lens, their start to the season had been promising with a solid draw against OM then a success at Angers. Finisterians (17are4 pts) started off on a better footing than last season when they had to wait until the last day of October to experience their first success.
And then suddenly, thunder fell on Brest: an incredible snub against Montpellier (0-7) forced the coach, Michel Der Zakarian, to swallow a few Doliprane pills… « They got it in their throats and have already had a reaction on Wednesday in Rennes, ”said his Strasbourg counterpart Julien Stéphan, for whom a draw from Finistère at Roazhon Parc would have been deserved. But they gave in at the end (3-1) and will find their lawn of Francis-Le Blé with a knife between their teeth after having conceded ten goals in two days…
It therefore risks blowing hard on the overcoat of the Strasbourgeois (18th, 3 pts) who came very close to their first success on Wednesday against Nantes (1-1). But the incredible series of injuries which decimated the defense and forced the manager into hasty repositionings prevented this happy outcome.
It is in the same « fairly unique situation » that Stéphan prepared his family for the trip to Brittany. “Either we bang our heads against the walls and tell ourselves that we will not succeed, which is not the house spirit, nor that of the players, nor mine, or we face the problem to find solutions,” he concludes.
Today’s news: Le Marchand and Thomasson are deemed fit
The last training session, this Saturday afternoon, made it possible to integrate two players still uncertain the day before: Maxime Le Marchand, touched in the forehead last Saturday in Auxerre and package Wednesday against Nantes, will be traveling to Brest. « We made him a protective mask to protect the stitches, » says sports coordinator Kader Mangane.
Regarding Adrien Thomasson, muscular discomfort had prompted Julien Stéphan to be cautious on Friday. The attacking midfielder also trained apart on Saturday, which does not seem encouraging to see him in the starting lineup.
Note that the coach has summoned three young people (Nuss, D. Jean and Robinand) to complete his group of nineteen.
Racing: the possible team
Salts – Dagba, Doukouré, Le Marchand, Djiku, Pierre-Gabriel – Aholou, Prcic, Bellegarde – Diallo, Ajorque
Substitutes : Kawashima (left), Nuss, Robinand, D. Jean, H. Diarra, Thomasson, Mothiba, Gameiro
Absent: Liénard (adductor), Delaine (psoas), Nyamsi (hip), Perrin (hamstring) Sissoko (shoulder), Fila (pubalgia), Kandil (recovery)
The duel: Franck Honorat vs Habib Diallo
By equalizing Wednesday in Rennes, Franck Honorat (26) scored his 20th goal in Ligue 1, all with Brest, whose jersey he has worn since the 2020-2021 season. In the Finistère club, no one had done so well since the so-called Pascal Mariini in… 1987. This means that the attacking midfielder born in Toulon is essential in the system of Der Zakarian. During the transfer window, Mönchengladbach was ready to pay 10 million euros, an amount deemed insufficient by the leaders of SB29. On his right wing, Honorat will be there and there.
He too shook the nets with the red jersey on his back. In a season and a half in Brest (February 2017 – May 2018), Habib Diallo (27) scored 16 goals in Ligue 2 under the orders of Jean-Marc Furlan, before discovering Ligue 1 in Metz, then landing in Alsace in the fall of 2020. With 22 achievements, including 2 this season, the Senegalese has become an essential cog in the attack. This summer, the Italians of Salernitana had offered 12 million euros to poach him. Racing did not respond.
The number: 250
If he plays this Sunday in Brest, Kévin Gameiro will play his 250th meeting in Ligue 1, he who is the 5th top scorer in the elite among current players (88 goals – 19 with Strasbourg, 50 with Lorient, 19 with Paris) . Source: Opta