AS Nancy Lorraine face Alsatian club Bischheim (R1) in the 8th round of the Coupe de France. Benoît Pedretti’s men are in dire need of a victory after losing on their own turf against Rodez (0-2). The club with thistle is five points behind the first non-relegation. Nancy seems set to keep her red lantern at the winter break. The Cup is therefore not the Lorraine’s main objective, but the manager knows that it will be necessary to step on the accelerator and not take this game lightly to continue the adventure.
“We know that the Bischheim players will fight and that their goalkeeper will have an exceptional match. It will be very complicated, but we have to show that there is a difference in level both physically and technically. We’re going to have to win the duels, go forward, use the full width and above all, put some rhythm into it. It’s not necessary to play at two an hour. It’s the speed of the game that makes the difference. “
Baptiste Valette, ASNL replacement goalkeeper, also expressed his desire to reconnect with his coach’s principles: “Even if we remain on a setback against Rodez, our game is starting to fall into place. We have to keep our guideline and play with our strengths. It means setting up our game and staying calm. I hope we don’t concede a goal and scare each other. The scenario of our match against Plantières can help us. It’s never easy to be behind in this type of match, but we did the job, scored three goals and then managed well. “