FC Saint-Gall will challenge Lugano in the Swiss Cup final on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (RTS2). Unhappy finalists last year against Lucerne (3-1 defeat), Peter Zeidler’s men will be keen to lift the trophy. Jérémy Guillemenot, the Geneva striker of the Brodeurs, gives us his impressions on this occasion and explains the particular fervor of the Saint-Gallois public.
Saint-Gall is having an excellent second half of the season. Boosted by intelligent recruitment and surfing on a good dynamic, the Brodeurs approach the final of the Swiss Cup with full confidence, despite Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat against YB. RTSsport went to the den of FCSG 1879 on Thursday to meet Jérémy Guillemenot, radiant in the image of time.
The former UGS junior, who went through Servette before wearing the colors of Barcelona, Rapid Vienna and St. Gallen, has his idea of the way forward to triumph on Sunday.
Everything he has done comes from him.
« Last year against Lucerne, we did not respond, perhaps because we took this meeting like any other, while a final must be won. But this year, it will be a different final. With our large audience, that will give us strength. ».
Peter Zeidler and Jérémy Guillemenot: an agreement that makes the Brodeurs happy. [Miguel Bao – RTS]
Now a starter under the leadership of Peter Zeidler, Jérémy Guillemenot talks about his relationship with the Saint-Gall coach and the confidence shown in him by the German technician. « I think we have a good relationship, quite open. Sometimes there are disagreements, but we are always there to talk. He is a coach who listens, takes care of the players and always tries to find the positive for the player in question. » And Peter Zeidler to praise the mind of his number 9: « Everyone here loves Jeremy. He had not yet found the formula before, but he managed to become a starter. We didn’t know if he would be able to rise to this level, but he did. Everything he has achieved, it comes from him… It’s up to him to continue working to gain consistency. »
I was more of a hardworking player than an impressive player.
About his qualities and his progress, the one who joined the Servette Youth Academy at 6 years old takes a lucid look. « I was not above the others when I was younger. I was more of a hardworking player than an impressive player. I think it gave me the strength to persevere and to know that I had qualities, maybe less than some, but that I had a head on my shoulders and above all had willpower.« .
Jérémy Guillemenot knows how to appreciate the support of the supporters of Saint-Gall. [Miguel Bao – RTS]
The Genevan, author of 9 goals in 29 league matches and a key element of the Saint-Gallois system, is aware of the important role that the public will play on Sunday. More than 16,000 St. Gallen supporters will be present at the Wankdorf. The center-forward knows the fervor that animates the fans of the Brodeurs. « In Saint-Gall, the city breathes football. You feel it when you leave the stadium; there are plenty of people waiting for us to sign. We stop at a light there is someone next door who opens the window and talks to us. There is even an opponent who told me « my ears hurt » after scoring so we know that there is our 12th man who is there. It does its job every time, even in the toughest times. It is true that we feel considered here. It’s a great city for football. » A city which did not experience the joys of the final victory in the Cup until… 1969.
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