Paris FC-Sochaux : morfals kombat

Paris FC-Sochaux : morfals kombat

This Tuesday, Paris FC and Sochaux launch the play-offs for accession to Ligue 1, in a Charléty stadium ready to bring out its gala clothes, stored in a hutch since May 2019 and a loss on penalties against Lens . Harassed by injuries throughout the season, the Parisians nevertheless believe in their star, just like the valiant Sochaux collective, led by Omar Daf. In sight: Auxerre, from Friday.

The legend of the messenger Philippides who went from Marathon to Athens with his legs alone to announce the victory of the Athenian hoplites against the Persians in 490 BC has passed down through the ages. It even inspired a discipline of the Olympic Games, to which the formations of the top of the basket of Ligue 2 must practice since the 2017-2018 season. The marathon of the play-offs, an additional difficulty for organisms on the verge of rupture, where the heart must supplant the legs weighing ten tons. Four matches for the best, and as many finals before glimpsing the holy grail of the climb. In this little game, Paris FC and Sochaux, who cross swords in the 13and district of the capital this Tuesday evening, open the ball, and hope to extend their season according to the first heat.

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In Paris, we have long believed in the direct climb. Still screwed in second place in February, Thierry Laurey’s men then lost points in Nancy (yes), Toulouse, Bastia, Guingamp, against Pau, Valenciennes or even Dijon. The reality of Ajaccian pragmatism has put its share of lead in the wing, and the Parisian infirmary has overflowed the stretcher too many times to hope to go the distance. Heavily dependent on the state of form of Morgan Guilavogui on the front of the attack (11 goals, 4 assists), the PFC had to deal with these failures during their negative series, between mid-March and mid-April ( 2 points taken out of 12 possible). To this were added the glitches of Lamine Gueye, Lamine Diaby-Fadiga, Migouel Alfarela, Florent Hanin, Axel Bamba and courageous captain Cyril Mandouki for long months, hard hit in the hamstrings in September. To make matters worse, Ousmane Kanté and Ousmane Camara will miss the duel against the Cubs, and Khalid Boutaïb (second trigger for the club behind Guilavogui) has just seen the cruciate ligaments in his left knee give way. “Lack of luck” and “recurring injuries” for some, as Laurey explained to the Parisian last March.

So where to find the flame and the dreams? On the Laurey side ball, experienced in uphill battles, African champion and Senegalese international Moustapha Name, elected Parisian of the year and then of the season, with his progressive passes and direct free kicks. From the state often close to the grace of the totem Vincent Demarconnay (39), who rehabilitated the 1.80 meter goalkeepers, on the side game changer Julien Lopez (brother of) or the right side Maxime Bernauer, on the wave and author of a decisive pawn against Grenoble, to maintain the advantage of the field. Finally, the energy of the Charléty stadium, in the wake of the two ultras groups (Ultras Lutetia and Old Clan), and which hopes to welcome 10,000 people, in order to get closer to the 15,000 souls present at Cité universitaire during the reception of Lens, still in the play-offs, in 2019.

Sochaux, it’s burning

In the Doubs too, the effervescence is palpable. Last Saturday, against Dijon (2-2), for 30 years of the ultra-Sochalian movement, from the first Ultras Sochaux 1992 tarpaulin to the advent of the North Tribune, via the Joyriders, Bonal looked like a pressure cooker heating up his protégés, before accompanying them to the crucial mid-week meeting. After missing the boat last season (seventh, at a reasonable distance from … Paris FC, fifth), this history of the first division is finally able to defend its chances, for a return to L1 after eight years of purgatory. With a balanced balance between goals scored and conceded, the novelty lies in the points taken: +17 in the space of an exercise.

“Our strength is the collective. » In October, already, Omar Daf hammered it loud and clear. This Sochaux collective is the story of versatile elements, capable of putting on a show in Franche-Comté… but also outside their bases, with calm and round backs. As in Nîmes (3-1) or Grenoble (3-1), but also in Auxerre at the beginning of March (2-3), where, despite the defeat, the first period had been very successful in the use of leather. What’s more, Sochaux has nothing to envy the PFC in terms of X factors: the tireless Tony Mauricio (1.69 meters, but dominant in duels), captain Gaëtan Weissbeck, Aldo Kalulu, as well as Steve Ambri or the crackito Alan Virginius (19). Rarely has a pre-dam been so illegible and indecisive. Sochaux dominated the first duel without firing a shot (2-0), before being overthrown by the Parisian craze on the return (1-3). From there to there being as much suspense as in Courtyard window ?

By Alexander Lazar


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