St. Etienne: "I’m optimistic from day one"Dupraz repeats for maintenance

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With Saint-Etienne playing a decider against Bordeaux on Wednesday evening, Pascal Dupraz once again said he was optimistic of the Greens’ maintenance in Ligue 1. He made this speech his management method to unite his group.

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Will the Greens stay in Ligue 1? After 32 days, they now have Clermontois, one small point ahead of the play-offs. But mathematically, nothing is done yet for Stefanois, who is playing a decisive match on Wednesday (7 p.m.) against a direct competitor: the Girondins, 19th.

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“We won’t let our guard down”

Before this trip to Bordeaux, the ASSE remains under pressure but Pascal Dupraz says he is “optimistic from day one”. “At the risk of disengaging, I don’t see any other pedagogy, springs to mind than to say to players that ‘you raise the bar, it’s not enough right now, but if you keep up the momentum you’ll find yourself’ Will maintain’. I prefer rather than pessimistic speech. I don’t think a pessimistic speech is highly integrated”, he developed at a press conference on Tuesday.

When he arrived at Saint-Etienne in mid-December to succeed Claude Puel, the Greens were last in L1, with only two victories in the legs. He now has 7 and left the red zone in early March, thanks to his win at Metz, another poor rank. ASSE is doing better, but nothing has been done yet. “Unless we have a sufficient number of points to retain AS St Etienne, we will not let our guard down,” Pascal Dupraz insisted.

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Against Lorient, “A Good Reminder”

If he is very encouraging in front of his players he does not forget to point out the weak points of his group. “There’s speech and there’s actions. In Lorient, we had speech but we didn’t leave intentions in the locker room for 50 minutes. It’s a good reminder,” Dupraz said. On match day 31, the Greens took a 2–0 lead against Lorient after 20 minutes of play. They then lost track of the game, saw Les Merles equalize before the break, fall short of 10, and end up losing 6–2.

In Bordeaux on Wednesday evening, Stefanois will face the stunned Girondins after their stinging defeat at Lyon on Sunday (6-1). While they thought they had reassured themselves a bit against Metz a week earlier (3-1), the Bordeaux guys sank. “A collective drowning”, according to coach David Gione. Unlike Saint-Etienne, Gironde doesn’t really have a time for optimism.

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