RUGBY. Last of the Top 14 after 3 days, the Stade Français remains tense before facing Castres. Coach Gonzalo Quesada admits that the level of the team is disappointing.
“You are right to be harsh and critical of us. Our game is disappointing ”. Facing the press, Stade Français coach Gonzalo Quesada made no apologies to explain the very poor start to the season for his team, last in the Top 14 after 3 matchdays.
A stainable 0 for a team that made it to the finals last year. “Some people see us as even more beautiful than we really are, but it’s true that we haven’t played the way we are capable of. We were not up to the level to compete in the first 3 games, “concedes the Argentinian technician.
This Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Stade Français is already playing very big when Castres comes, still undefeated. Throughout the week, the club tried to find solutions to quickly bounce back. “We analyzed internally why our game was not yet in place. We have things that need to be corrected quickly, without questioning everything, “said Gonzalo Quesada.
He adds: “We know what is at stake, another defeat would put us in a very complicated situation. We didn’t hide it, but we also decided not to think about it. ” Not to focus on that, especially if we refer to last season: “On the pure results, there is no shame that we lost our first three games. We also did this last year. And in the end, we qualified for the finals, “recalls the coach.
Still, Stade Français worries, being the worst attack and the worst defense (111 points conceded) since the resumption of the season. “Obviously, we are tense. We don’t lie to each other. We have been honest and clear-headed towards ourselves. We told each other our truths, “Quesada admits. A week where words were exchanged between staff and players so as not to get stuck in a negative spiral.
Because in the heads, the Stade Français is struggling to create a vacuum. To sweep away this spanking received in the Top 14 barrage last year against Racing 92 (winner 38-21, leading in particular 28-0 at the break, Editor’s note). “We took a big blow in the back of the head,” breathes Quesada. And things did not get better, with another defeat in the derby, at home, on the first day of this 2021-2022 season.
The capital club need a boost, to “regain some momentum”. Against Castres this Saturday, it’s a win or nothing. “We were very lucid in analyzing and preparing for this game. […] We are aware of facing an unbeaten team with full confidence, but we will be ready, “Quesada promises. You will have to be, or else you will have a serious nervous breakdown.
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