A fellowship. All the players of Versailles gather at the final whistle in the center of the field to thank the public. For their first match of the season at the Jean-Bouin stadium (due to the non-approval of the Montbauron stadium), they put their hearts to work this Friday to snatch victory at the last minute of added time against FC Martigues (2-1).
A success that satisfies their trainer Youssef Chibhi. “The team that wanted the victory the most won, insists the Versailles coach. It was important to start this season well at home with a victory. The scenario is favourable. Seeing so many people galvanizes a team. We are very happy. »
For the return of Versailles to the 3rd division 32 years after having left it, the leaders had decided to invite all the spectators for this first match in the enclosure of the rugby players of the French Stadium. 2943 responded, to the delight of players like Melvyn Vieira. “We felt the support of the public and that gave us strength, says the former Boulogne-sur-Mer player. There was a duty to play a big match because people made the effort to come in large numbers. I hope our game will encourage them to come back. »
With a recruitment focused on players who have evolved in L1 and L2, the promoted is expected this season and is one of the contenders for the rise in L2. “We take the matches one after the other, tempers Pierre Gibaud, who arrived from Le Havre (L2) during the off-season. We had a mission to take the 3 points tonight and we did it. We are competitors, we want to win every game, but this is a special year with several runs (six due to the overhaul of the L1 and L2 championships). In a season, you can very well be up or down quickly. »
“There are still steps to take. We are expected, but it’s a positive pressure, ”concludes Youssef Chibhi.