Claude Puel hopes that the derby against Lyon next Sunday will allow his players to get out of this crisis of confidence which they have not been able to get rid of since the start of the season.
Claude Puel did not escape when the question was asked at a press conference. “It’s a crisis.” Words were released, which Zaydou Youssouf had not dared to do earlier, after the clear defeat (3-0) of Saint-Etienne, now red lantern of the French championship.
The Greens have only three points after a series of five defeats, and therefore pass behind Metz on goal difference (-10 against -8). This crisis of results and game, the coach of the Greens Claude Puel hopes it “temporary”, while being fully aware of the loss of confidence of a group which behaves on the field as if it were paralyzed by the stake, unable to break free.
“As much on the last match, I saw my team respond well footballistically, in the holding of the match, as much I found my team far below today, with fragility, gained by this situation”, coldly finds Claude Puel.
Puel: “I don’t have any cheaters in my squad”
Whistled by their supporters, the Stéphanois presented themselves at the foot of the bends after the final whistle where they discussed at length with representatives of the Green Angels and the Magic Fans vehemently but without incident, some still demanding the start of the race. ‘coach.
“When you are looking for results at the start of the season, with a fifth defeat, there is a lot of frustration around the coach’s staff, that’s how it is. It’s normal. I’ve been through this before. kind of situations My duty has always been to defend the interests of the team and see them react quickly.
Claude Puel has also defended the attitude of his players: “I have no cheaters in my workforce, they will give everything”, he assured. What they will have the opportunity to demonstrate during a derby which comes at the right time. “It’s a game apart. It’s not a championship game, it’s another choose, a rivalry. It’s a game apart in the season, the best way to have that spark and start again forward. I think this game is timely. “