With two days before Strasbourg arrives at the Cauldron, the Stéphanois coach says what he expects from his two recruits, Youssef Aït Bennasser and Valentin Vada.
In what state of mind are you after the closing of the transfer window?
The months of January was tiring because the transfer window has twists and opportunities that flop first then reappear. You have to be able to manage these twists and the preparation for matches
What are you expecting from your recruits, Youssef Aït Bennasser and Valentin Vada?
I saw the two players this morning. I told them what they could bring to our different game systems but that they could maybe find themselves on the bench. Valentin Vada can play with one or two other midfielders, he shows much enthusiasm. Youssef Aït Bennasser complements Yann M'Vila. When he plays without him, he surely plays very low while he’ll be closer to the opponent’s net when Yann M'Vila is on the field. The two players are entering into a group that gets on really well together. I told them to draw inspiration from our great professionals.
How did you experience the expulsion of Yann M'Vila against Nantes?
I find red cards very hard to bear. In a match that was very difficult emotionally for Nantes like it was for us, I would have liked that Mr. Schneider be more understanding. I hope that the Disciplinary Committee will take into consideration the context of the match.
What did you think of Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s performance against Nantes?
I wasn’t at all surprised by his performance in the midfield. I know what he is capable of. He can play on the wings and in the middle, he’s a very important player to have on a team because he knows how to do everything. When he starts from a distance, he is less concerned with his statistics and that’s maybe how he’ll score five or six goals.
Is making the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium impregnable again one of your objectives?
We were unhappy at the Derby and we messed up against Dijon. I have to be there for much, I didn’t have to choose the good players even if the first five minutes of the second period were unreal. The imposing score troubled us for our fans’ sake. We tried to present ourselves differently in Nantes but the context was peculiar. We were there to regain our confidence while the entire stadium was crying.