Despite a heavy dispute, Saint-Etienne snatched in extremis a deserved draw against Angers (1-1), Friday night in Ligue 1. What offer a little reprieve to Claude Puel?
Delayed by one hour because of the anger of the supporters of the Greens, who in particular threw smoke on the lawn, piercing the goal nets, the match between theAS Saint-Etienne and Angers, opening the 11th day of Ligue 1, finally gave birth to a draw (2-2). Led 2-0, the Stéphanois were able to find unexpected resources to snatch a point.
“They showed a huge heart”
If the Greens remain last in the standings, with no victory to their credit, Claude Puel prefers to keep the positive: the enormous debauchery of energy of his men and their foolproof character. “I congratulated my players at the end of the match. They showed a huge heart, keeping the wire despite the time difference. (…) Faced with these headwinds, they showed self-sacrifice, they did not let go until the end. They were in unison, there was a big osmosis. They wanted to win this game. It is deserved to come back to the score and I think that we lost two points given the face of the match ”, thus reacted the coach of ASSE in a post-match press conference.
“My position is that of a coach who is close to his players”
Before answering a question about his future: “I remain focused on my players. There are a lot of young players, they are going through difficult but very formative things. I saw a lot of quality today (Friday, editor’s note). My position is that of a coach who is close to his players. What interests me, at times like this, is to always remain pragmatic, professional, be close to my players and see them raise their heads as they did today. There is a quality group and if we manage to move up the standings, things will happen naturally ”. Letting go in difficult times is obviously not the kind of house …