After a difficult start to the adventure with the former PSG coach, the Al-Rayyan club quickly found its cruising speed under the orders of Laurent Blanc who, for his part, is having a great time and enjoying this return to the bench. .
In his Doha bubble, Laurent Blanc regained a taste for the bench. Without a post since his dismissal from PSG in 2016, the former coach of the capital club signed an eighteen-month contract with the Al-Rayyan club at the end of 2020. Only a few months after his arrival, the Cévenol managed to put the country’s most popular club back on the podium, fielding seven wins to three losses in the QNB Stars League.
“I took pleasure in working, the taste of training, of the animation of the sessions. I have more fun than at PSG, entrusts Laurent Blanc to the daily L’Equipe, Saturday. I have more work on the field. Before, it was Jean-Louis (Gasset) who did mainly that. There, we share the groups with Franck (Passi, his assistant). Philippe (Lambert) takes care of the physical preparation. The guys have really want to learn. “
The philosophy of the coach with eleven titles with the PSG seduces the players and partly explains the good results collected, even if the general level is “not famous”. “There are sometimes bugs but we can not blame the players, he explains. I even have semi-pros who work in the army or the police. It’s disciplined. There are funny situations. but I am living both a unique life and professional experience. “
On the podium in the league in the semi-finals of the Emir’s Cup, the Al-Rayyan club are preparing to fly to India to play in the Asian Champions League, organized in a new format this season, due to health restrictions. Under contract until 2022, Blanc may not complete his contract in June 2022, according to L’Equipe. And use this “unprecedented experience” to relaunch its rating on the market, before considering a return to Europe, if possible next summer.