The defeat in Brest plunges Auxerre into a very dangerous zone
At the time of his splendor as a player, certainly at an amateur level, the…
At the time of his splendor as a player, certainly at an amateur level, the leader that he was liked to handle the opposite foot. Sunday, the coach he has become expressed himself a bit like this, coming out of a defeat in Brest which darkens the future of his team in Ligue 1, in view of a frightening calendar, despite 1 point ahead of Nantes (17th): receptions from PSG and Lens, interspersed with a trip to Toulouse.
“I found my team, in the second half, a little on the kneecaps, both physically and mentally”
Christophe Pelissier, coach of Auxerre
Indeed, for Christophe Pelissier, AJ Auxerre “I’m lucky, because it’s lucky, to play big matches because we know that, in these cases, motivation comes naturally”. The technician clarified his thinking: “Against Paris, next Sunday, my players will have to be ready, mentally, and this is often the case in these matches, we proved it in Marseille (1-2), fifteen days ago. After OM, I said that playing Clermont (1-1, May 7) and Brest would be much more difficult, and I was not mistaken. »
Only, and he also recognized it, the Burgundians seem out of breath, at the end of an exhausting season, as they showed in Brest. “It’s hard, physically and mentally, when you’ve been looking for points since January, he explained. I found my team, in the second half, a little on the kneecaps, both physically and mentally. When they scored, I didn’t feel a strong reaction. It’s not easy to play these matches, we know that. But that doesn’t worry me, because now it’s the head that conditions the legs. »
And Pelissier to want to create a feeling of revolt among his players, recalling that the forecasts have sent the Auxerrois to L2 for a while. “Everyone has made their predictions and thinks that with our schedule, it’s us who will go down, he insisted. We made a rather extraordinary comeback. Now we have to conclude and that’s always the hardest part. There is still a club with us, we are not off the hook, far from it. Football is made of irrational things. It’s up to us to make the feat even more wonderful. There are three matches left and football is not mathematics. » Certainly, but it is a count of points that will decide.