“We must bounce back immediately, we must have this revolt to change this situation.” The opening words of coach Manceau Cris at the pre-match press conference are not misleading. The Manceaux, 8th (10 points), after a decent start to the season, have just had two consecutive losses and must get a grip on themselves. “We are solely responsible for our performance. We have to deserve to win games. We have the capacity, but we missed our last two games,” said the Brazilian coach. The awareness is there. And in order not to let the leaders in the standings get too far ahead, we have to win.
The task will not be easy for the Blood and Gold this Friday evening. In front of them, Concarneau, 7th (11 points). The Finistériens have also come from two consecutive defeats. And they too had started the championship well (1st after the 5th day, just ahead of… Le Mans). Two teams that are also similar in terms of play: “We all watched their game on Monday. Concarneau is getting a lot of chances and playing possession like us,” said Cris.
An already pivotal game for both teams where the three points will be more valuable than usual. Especially for the Manceaux, at home in search of redemption from their public. In one week, Cris’s men first lost at MMArena (to Sedan 0-2) and then conceded another loss in Laval to the historic enemy (1-2). But there is no question of giving in to the pressure according to the Sarthe captain Ibréhima Coulibaly: “With my role as captain I try to calm the players. When you lose two matches, confidence can quickly wane. On the contrary, you have to take it back. which worked at the start of the season. If we start to panic it will be complicated. “