Claude Puel was in a press conference on Friday afternoon. The ASSE coach took the opportunity to send a message to his OL counterpart, Peter Bosz, for the derby of the 9th matchday of Ligue 1 between the two teams, this Sunday at 20:45.
The ASSE does not intend to “put the bus” in front of his cage
Red lantern of the French Championship with five defeats and three draws, theAS Saint-Étienne is still looking for a first success in the elite this season. After eight days of Ligue 1, the Greens have only three small points in the standings. With three draws and five losses, Claude Puel and his men are almost doomed to forget the first part of tableau.
Suffice to say that a new setback in the clash against Olympique Lyonnais would weaken even more coach Claude Puel whose dismissal is already demanded by a large part of the supporters. Aware of his situation, the coach of the ASSE wants to exploit the flaws of the team of Peter Bosz. He does not intend to “put the bus” in front of his cage tonight in Geoffroy-Guichard.
“There are always collective responses to be made. You can’t focus on a particular player. We always study the opponent. Even when it’s Lyon, even when it’s Paris, against any team, there are things to do, things to exploit. There are also things to respect and in particular at the level of fundamentals”, said the 60-year-old technician in front of the media.
Then add : “it was important to review those things this week in detail, to discuss them with the players, so that we had the best possible expression to counteract them. You have to defend well against this team, but also be productive with the ball. We want to carry the danger to them, in their last 18 meters, we have arguments. Including collective arguments. The last game and especially the first half hour we did not use them we were fragile technically. »
But with which team does Puel intend to put the pressing on OL?
For the 123rd derby in the history duke French championship, Claude Puel should innovate for his starting eleven. Indeed, according to information from the newspaper The Team, the coach of the AS Saint-Étienne team should start on a four-man defense in which Mahdi Camara would switch to the right corridor, while Ryad Boudebouz would regain a starting place in the Saint-Etienne midfield, alongside Lucas Gourna-Douath and Yvan Neyou.
In front, Wahbi Khazri should be supported by Denis Bouanga and Arnaud Nordin on the wings. Note, the return of the guardian Étienne Green, suspended during the last meeting against OGC Nice (0-3). Apart from the presence of the international goalkeeper espoir anglais, the group is substantially the same as for the reception of the Azuréens last week.
The probable team of ASSE against OL :
Green – Camara (c), Moukoudi, Kolodziejczak, Trauco – Neyou, Gourna-Douath -Nordin, Boudebouz, Bouanga – Khazri.