Only one victory in the last six Ligue 2 games, Sochaux is releasing valuable points in the race to climb. Despite everything, the Franche-Comté club, fifth in the championship, are just three points behind leaders Ajaccio before hosting Valenciennes on Matchday 19. At a press conference, Lion Cubs coach Omar Daf appeared to be focusing on the short term.

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“Between the match against Nantes (0-0, 4-5 tab) and that of Valenciennes, there is very little time. Physically the players are ready even if we have tried to optimize the freshness as much as possible. The goal tomorrow is simple: to finish 2021 well with a victory. But nothing will be easy even if it is our ambition. We will give ourselves the means. Honestly, we don’t calculate. We manage the matches at the moment T without focusing on the match afterwards. The goal today is Valenciennes, that’s all. We want to reach 35 points at the break. With all the efforts made since the start of the year, it would be good to validate them with a positive result tomorrow. Against Nantes, we had to make choices by leaving a few players to rest in positions where we could do it. I hope that the players who haven’t played can bring us some freshness. It was a bit of a bonus game, especially for the kids who were up to it. Now they must also bring us over time and in the league. “

Left on the bench against Nantes, Aldo Kalulu and Gaëtan Weissbeck should return to the starting lineup on Saturday. “They were choices and it gave the other attacking players a chance to express themselves,” said Omar Daf. Yann Kitala is progressing and athletically he has done us a lot of good against two experienced opponents. He must find some sensations but he did us a lot of good on Saturday. He’s a great professional, he’s in the spirit. “

Moreover, Abdallah Ndour should be “too fair” to face Valenciennes. On the other hand, Steve Ambri and Ousseynou Thioune (suspension) should make their returns.