We had never seen that, at least at this stage of the season. The new wave FC Lorient has 13 points after six days, a first in the city of five ports, after a convincing success over Lyon, Wednesday evening, in this late meeting of the 2nd day (3-1).
Logically, the Hakes have caught up with their opponent and are now shining in 5th place, which opens up many possibilities. Classification ? “Yes, it’s symbolic, decided Régis Le Bris, a coach who sees further, especially elsewhere. The main thing is to consolidate our game, to feel that we are progressing and that a group is being built with a lot of solidarity and cohesion. And that we are efficient, because taking points is also important. We are happy with this start, but tomorrow will potentially be something else. »
Régis Le Bris in discussion with his players during the match. (F. Faugère/The Team)
What if it was even better? What is proven today is that his group succeeded in its change with the previous exercise, which had also started well (6th after 8 days), before a terrifying tumble. Tactically, the precepts of the new technician, which are not fundamentally opposed to those of his predecessor (Christophe Pélissier), are already well mastered, with great complicity between the players and efficient rapid transitions, as they are finely developed in the middle.
Not a search for possession “at all costs”
This is the message that has been given for two months now. “We are able to do interesting things on the counter, during median recoveries, and we have often been effective in this area since the start of the season, explains Le Bris. Against Lyon, we also had the challenge of building our game under pressure, we did it on several occasions, and it resulted in some magnificent goals, including the one in the second half. » When Terem Moffi pivoted in the center circle to launch on the right Gédéon Kalulu, who centered on the metamorphosed Dango Ouattara (49th).
Dango Ouattara and Terem Moffi after Lorient’s third goal of the evening. (F. Faugère/The Team)
Although an admirer, among others, of the great Barça of Pep Guardiola, the Lorient technician “do not seek possession at any cost”. “It’s not an issue for me, he specifies. Possessions must be hyper incisive, to hurt the opponent. But straight play can be imprecise and easy to control. There are therefore a few intermediate relays, starts a little lower, in the middle in particular, with combined play or support play on Terem. » If, in addition, you add “values of solidarity, commitment, surpassing”you get the most refreshing cocktail of this beginning of the season. “Cold and determined”as summarized by Enzo Le Fée.