TFC: a philosophy that bears fruit in 2023 when it comes to hosting Brest
With 14 goals scored in the last three games, the TFC has regained the offensive efficiency that had brought it last season. The fruit of a philosophy that worked well against its direct competitors, including Brest, which arrives at the Stadium.
The TFC players had finished 2022 with their heads in their socks, brutalized by Olympique de Marseille at the Vélodrome (6-1); but since New Year’s Day, they no longer come down from their cloud. The figures are impressive: 7 goals against Lannion in the Coupe de France, 2 against Ajaccio then 5 against Auxerre in Ligue 1. Before the start of this football weekend, the TFC was quite simply the best attack in Europe in all competitions ahead of Lorient (10), Brighton and Manchester United (9).
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An eloquent statistic that must however be taken with a grain of salt. The opposition to Lannion fans is hardly comparable to those Toulouse know in the league, and even if they exploded the counters in Yonne on Wednesday (5-0), they are well placed to know that the tide can turn. in both ways. “There are matches, and we paid a lot for it in Marseille, where there is almost 100% efficiency, points out Philippe Montanier. This is very rare, so don’t expect this to happen every Saturday. »
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These results, however, say something about the TFC, and the philosophy of a team that refuses to close the shop, even when under attack. Since the start of the season, Toulouse has been by quite a distance the team in the second half of the table which has defended the highest on the pitch in the league. If the strategy did not pay off against the teams in the current Top 10 (no wins), it did against those at the bottom. The TFC is the club that has won the most points in the direct confrontations of the second part of the table: 19. By way of comparison, Brest, who visit the Stadium this Sunday, have won 9. Best team of “his” championship, Toulouse tastes the other side of the medal of its offensive ambitions when adversity rises.
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Should she learn to be more careful? “I believe that we are not the only ones to have difficulties against Paris, Lens or Marseille” evacuates Philippe Montanier. “When we play teams above, which have twice, five times or even ten times our budget, it is complicated more complicated because there is more quality in front. So it’s easier to press Ligue 2 teams high than to press high against Lens or Marseille. But we have no intention of changing our philosophy. Because we are convinced that this is the right path. »
This path is also the path of joy, with attractive football. This Sunday, the 20,000 spectators mark could still be exceeded at the Stadium – a constant since the start of the season – where Tef will try to sign a third consecutive victory in the league and to distance themselves a little more from the red zone. “The risk is to fall into overconfidence,” warns Montanier. “When it works too well, unconsciously, we can tell ourselves that we have found the formula. But we couldn’t find anything. Except perhaps the sense of celebration.