For the second time in a row, Franck Haise, coach of Lens, has his entire group before the reception of Rennes, this Saturday (9 p.m.). With the exception of Polish center forward Adam Buksa, who is recovering from his broken ankle. “He advances individually, shares his trainer, even if he does not participate in the very high intensity exercises pending the last medical examination scheduled for September 1. And Jimmy Cabot just knew this morning (this Thursday) a little muscle tension. We took no risks before the meeting. He should be with us tomorrow (Friday). »
We should therefore see the same starting eleven who won in Monaco on Saturday (4-1) and who currently occupies 3rd position in the L1 standings. “To go and win 4-1 in Monaco, you have to make a big performanceadmits Franck Haise. We can discuss the score but not the victory which is logical. It’s a real signal even if we had already imposed ourselves in the past in Monaco during previous seasons. It gives us the confidence necessary for performance. But what matters is consistency. For the very, very high level, you have to bet on hyper regularity. It wouldn’t be much use to make such a match in Monaco and then drop points in the matches that follow. »
In its offensive animation, Lens is a team which evolves in the same way and which progresses. But, in the continuity of the end of last season, it has above all become more solid. It derives the benefits from this from time to time in terms of accounts and is awaiting confirmation of this upturn at the start of the Championship.
A “solid” and “armed in quality” group
“We are far from perfectadds Haise. We’ve been regular for 30 months. We finished 7th twice in L1. The second time with better numbers. We’re off to a good start, but consistency is a daily task. The players must bring this energy, this invisible work, the staff too, without forgetting the recruitment unit. It’s called cohesion. Everything is not fluid during a season. We are lucky that it has been 85-90% with us for two seasons, but it remains fragile. One of my missions is to ensure that everyone finds their place. It’s never easy. The club must remain above individualities, but you must always train the players with you. »
The end of the summer transfer market and possible movements in the last week, such as the management of the defensive fixed phases, will also depend a little on the short-term future of the artesian club.
“Honestly, the players have all been focused since June 24, the day of the recovery, says the coach. I felt the same this week. I am very happy with my squad. If I’m asked, I say “don’t touch anything!” We built this band together (with leaders). For me, we are solid and armed in quality. But anything can happen. If departure, it will be necessary to see which one. Depending on some players, we will probably have replacement obligations. But if we were to keep Seko Fofana, it would be a strong signal. Concerning me, if I extended, and I asked myself the question, it is because I thought that we had the means to continue to grow. »