In its quest to maintain, Stade Brestois benefited from an unexpected reinforcement on Thursday. Sharp, training clothes on the shoulders, Benoît Paire chained volleys with the left (foot) – with astonishing accuracy – under the cries of surprise from the players. We do not know if the tennis player, eliminated through injury in the round of 16 of the Open de Brest this week, sees a future in football, but he had the merit of bringing a little more life to the a group in reconstruction.
That’s good, since this is one of the axes that Bruno Grougi, Julien Lachuer and Yvan Bourgis have set themselves, the three men appointed by the club’s management to take over since the layoff of Michel Der Zakarian, October 11.
For three weeks, the reserve coach (N3), the pro goalkeeper coach and the physical trainer have been working day by day. They are expected to keep their role until the World Cup break (November 20-December 18) and, in this context, their priority is to remind the players, who remained on seven matches without a win (2 draws, 5 defeats) before the start of their interim, “that they had qualities”. “We are here to help them, to reinstill confidence”explains Lachuer (45), in post in Brest since 2010. For this, the triumvirate has multiplied the exchanges, collective or individual, in order to “concern everyone”. In the two matches they led (1-4 against Nantes on October 16, 3-1 against Clermont on October 23), they tried to distribute playing time and even approved a rotation of substitute goalkeepers, Joaquin Blazquez and Grégoire Coudert, on the bench.
Against Nantes and Clermont, the Bretons tried. To play, to get chances, with more success than they had known until then. “We wanted to make the players responsible for our choices, put in place because we believe that they correspond to them”explains Grougi, the club’s ex-darling (2009-2018).
“We know the stakes: we have been told enough about the four runs, the bad situation of the club (17th), continues Lachuer. We only talked to them about the game.” And that helped revive a few key elements, like Romain Del Castillo and Franck Honorat, disappointing under Der Zakarian.
See them perform in 4-3-3
The trio of coaches made a few strong choices, such as placing Pierre Lees-Melou as a distant leader of the new 4-3-3 – “the middle three seemed the fairest to us”, slips Lachuer. In front, Islam Slimani is less forced to pick up and, behind, Lilian Brassier has been refocused in the left axial, showing a good understanding with Brendan Chardonnet in Clermont. There may be other novelties this afternoon against Reims. Who must respond to immediate issues only, since the trio intends to return to their primary functions at the end of their interim.