By Quentin Marais
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A month after his official return to Ligue 1, Toulouse FC (13e5 points) moves to Clermont (12e6 points), Sunday September 4, 2022, at 3 p.m., with the aim of restarting the machine.
Kick off September
A large block of five games awaited the French Ligue 2 champion to launch his reunion with the elite of French football. With a success for two draws and as many defeats, the soldiers of Philippe Montanier get away with 5 pointsand a 13e square. If against Nice (1-1), Lorient (2-2) and Nantes (3-1), the Toulousains have each time lost their lead, they could not do anything against the Parisian ogre (0-3), despite a more than encouraging face displayed during the meeting. And which you will have to use against Clermont.
Direct competitor for maintenance
12e with 6 dots, Clermont is playing its second consecutive season in Ligue 1. The Auvergnats had directly validated their ticket for the elite at the end of the 2020-2021 season, which had seen them finish second in Ligue 2two points ahead of… Toulouse, 3e and barrage.
This Sunday’s reunion is that of two candidate teams for maintenance, and this will be the result of a fierce fight, since as a reminder, this season, it is the last four teams in the championship who will be sent directly to the lower level (compared to two last year, on 18e being a dam). Suffice to say that direct confrontations will count double!
Two wounded beasts
Clermont and Toulouse had a similar last week of August, marked by two consecutive defeats. When the promoted lost to Nantes (3-1), Clermont fell, him, in Lorient. And when Maxime Dupé’s partners lost against Paris Saint-Germain (0-3), the Clermontois conceded their third setback of the season at the Orange Vélodrome in Marseilles (1-0). It is therefore imperative to find the direction of travel. In one camp, as in the other.
The TFC with two new recruits
End of the transfer window obliges, Toulouse FC activated to strengthen its troops, Thursday, September 1, 2022. The Greek midfielder signed from PAOK Salonika, shortly before the arrival of Veljko Birmancevic, who landed from Malmö, in Sweden.
Sunday, September 4, 3 p.m.
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