Ligue 1 (4th day). Strasbourg – Stade Brestois: 3-1
The attacks were slower. The more stereotypical movements. Passes more often missed. Romain Faivre missed a lot at Stade Brestois on Sunday in Strasbourg. Technical without their leader, the Ty-Zefs bowed heavily (3-1). Michel Der Zakarian refused to speak directly to “the Romain Faivre affair”, going so far as to viciously insult a journalist who wanted to question him on the subject. But in the background, his analysis of the match proves that the absence of the playmaker was extremely detrimental: “ Technically it was not good, a plague the Brest trainer. We played a game with a lot of bad choices and technical waste, especially in the first half ”.
Without Romain Faivre, he missed at the Stade Brestois this little grain of madness that can rock the meetings. Romain Faivre is a real game accelerator, able to surprise opposing defenders and place his teammates in orbit to strike or to center. Without him, the Brestois have always reproduced the same patterns: either the overflows on the right of Franck Honorat, or the discounts of Steve Mounié in the midfield.
This surprised the Strasbourg defenders only once, on the (pretty) but of Irvin Cardona. With Romain Faivre, we could have imagined another scenario, so much the Alsatians seemed to be conquerable: in the hard physically, they spent the second half to move back.
The disappointment of Grégory Lorenzi
But Romain Faivre had decided to stay in Brest. The midfielder, twice decisive passer against PSG, did not want to take any risk so as not to mortgage a possible transfer to AC Milan through injury. “We are disappointed,” commented sporting director Grégory Lorenzi. I understand that a player can be bothered in a transfer situation, but there is a coach, a sports director, we can discuss it. You have the impression of being held hostage by your attitude ”.
The Brest sports director planned to sanction him. Will it be a simple payroll deduction? Or will the management of Stade Brestois go further, to prevent the player from leaving the club? “It can have consequences on his transfer, admitted Grégory Lorenzi. I had no moral commitment to Romain regarding a departure (…) With this attitude, we reflect on our actions to show that it is not the players who decide ”. Grégory Lorenzi repeated it several times, in a calm but firm tone: “It will not remain without consequences, because no one is above the institution. We will ensure that it is respected ”.
In parallel with the Strasbourg – Brest match, the sports director, Grégory Lorenzi, wanted to clarify the position of Stade Brestois after the absence of Romain Faivre from this trip to Alsace. pic.twitter.com/NgSz8oNJil
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His transfer questioned?
His transfer could therefore be called into question, especially since for the moment, the offer of AC Milan is “quite far [des montants] than one can imagine ”. Romain Faivre wants to leave at all costs… But Grégory Lorenzi intends to obtain at least 15 million from a player who has proved, by his absence in Strasbourg, that he was practically indispensable at the Stade Brestois.