At the final whistle, the stands of Charléty rumble. Paris FC has just lost to Pau. President Pierre Ferracci leaves to discuss with the supporters, some of whom chant “a team in Paris”. The face-to-face lasts several minutes but remains calm. Some players like Ousmane Kante also came to calm the anger of the Ultras.
We fell on this team so much this season to recognize that this time it did not deserve such an outcome. But the reality of the figures is there, cruel. Faced with Pau who had not won (3 losses, 2 draws) since the post-World Cup recovery, the PFC conceded their third defeat in a row. The 5th of the season at home. Now relegated to 13th place 9 points behind 2nd Sochaux, he will have to start looking behind him. The first relegated Dijon (17th) is only six points away. There is urgency, especially since he will be moving to the Le Havre leader who is flying towards L1.
A defensive midfielder as backup
The pre-match was marked by the signing of an Ivorian defensive midfielder, Sekou Sanogo (33) from Red Star Belgrade. With 80 European Cup matches with Young Boys Bern, FC Thun (Switzerland) and therefore Red Star, he has an experienced profile and corresponds to the “heavy midfielder” requested by Thierry Laurey since the departures of Mahamé Siby and Mustapha Name.
How not to also return to the state of the lawn of Charléty, unworthy and dangerous? We can fear the worst when three matches will follow (the women on Saturday, Annecy on Wednesday February 8 in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, Amiens on February 11).
“We will have to make a decision for this lawn”
While in Quevilly, he had lined up a rather cautious team (5 defenders, 3 defensive midfielders), Laurey had this time opted for a 4-4-2. With 4 attacking players at the start, Paris FC at least showed, from the start of the match, a real desire to move forward, with a lot of movement and dynamism. But no goal came to reward this really interesting 1st period and the antithesis of what we had seen in Quevilly. As soon as the recovery, Julien Lopez found the post (53rd). But the sky therefore fell on the heads of the Parisians on a sumptuous strike from the Pau left side Abzi (0-1, 77th).
“We shoot 19 times on goal and Pau six times, sighs Thierry Laurey. They score on a slightly twisted shot with great success. We, it flees us… As much in Quevilly, I had things to reproach the players, there I can only congratulate them for their match on such a ground. Me, I’m a coach, it’s not my responsibility but we’ll have to make a decision for this lawn… Of course I can’t be satisfied with it but I’m reassured because we had a very good match in the together. At some point, things will turn around… There is frustration but no discouragement or giving up. If we continue like this, we will get out of this impasse. We will go to Le Havre which walks on water to do a feat. »
PARIS FC – PAU 0-1 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. Souifi.
Goals. Pau: Abzi (77th).
Warnings. PFC: Guilavogui (83rd), Pau: Abzi (75th).
Paris FC : Demarconnay – Koré (Maçon, 82e), Bernauer, Lefort, Hanin (cap.) – Lasne, Phiri (Gueho, 74e), Chahiri (Hamel, 74e), Gory – Lopez (Kebbal, 82e), Caddy (Guilavogui , 74e). enter : Laurie.
Pau: Ndiaye – Kouassi, Ruiz, Koffi, Abzi (- Saivet, Sylvestre (Boisgard, 63rd), Beusnard, D’Almeida – Boli (Nisic, 70th), Bassouamina (Bagraoui, 63rd). Coach: Tholot. exte