Racing moves to Lyon this Sunday at 8:45 p.m. The Rhone club, the second biggest budget in the championship, has had a mixed start to the season. The Strasbourg residents advance with determination, but watch out for the awakening of the Gones.
A new coach, a wave of departures in the offseason and a contrasted start with only one victory on the clock. In the game of comparison, Strasbourg and Lyon seem to have had similar destinies for a few months. On paper only. While Racing is going to Lyon as part of the 5th day of Ligue 1, this Sunday at 8:45 p.m., Strasbourg coach Julien Stéphan hammered in a press conference the immense gap between the two clubs, whether in terms of staff or budget.
It’s a team with a lot of talent. They are aiming for the podium and they have managed to take players who come from very big clubs, whether free or loaned.
With its budget of € 250 million – that of Racing is more than five times lower – Olympique Lyonnais remains a juggernaut in Ligue 1, despite a checkered start to the year. The men of the Dutchman Peter Bosz, who arrived this summer in the capital of the Gauls, have won only one meeting, just before the truce in Nantes (0-1). At Groupama Stadium, the Lyonnais did not manage to do better than draws, against Brest during the 1st day (1-1) and, above all, against Clermont at the end of a crazy meeting during which they were are joined after leading by two goals (3-3).
However, Julien Stéphan refuses to approach this meeting with an excess of confidence, while Racing won its first victory, also before the truce against Brest (3-1).
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“You should not see the Clermont match just through the prism of the result, launches the Racing coach. They [the Lyonnais, editor’s note] had many more chances than they conceded. If the match had finished at 6-2, there would have been nothing to say. ” Conversely, Lyon could also very well have lost this meeting at the very end of the game.
What give some ideas to the men of Julien Stéphan: “We are not going there to suffer. Already because it does not resemble us.” The Alsatian coach wishes to validate “the progression that [Racing] has managed to put in place in the game”. A story shared by Jeanricner Bellegarde, the Strasbourg midfielder particularly in legs at the start of the season: “We will really focus on ourselves and what we know how to do.” And why not look for the first victory on Rhone soil since … May 5, 1979. That day, Racing had won with a score of 2 goals to 0.
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