Two days before receiving PSG at La Minau (9pm, Day 35 of Ligue 1), Strasbourg are still dreaming of Europe. If facing the recent champions of France seems difficult, Julian Stephan hopes to see the common face of his team: the winners.
No one expected him there at the end of the season. Still the race continues to race for the podium, just three points behind Rennes, current third. The championship is almost at its end and Strasbourg sees PSG standing before it, having crowned it with their 10th title in their history. Alsatians coach and Parisians scorer Julian Stephan is not upset about all that in the final of the Coupe de France 2019 with Rennes. He says, “We will not change our approach. I want uninhibited, ambitious players to put pressure on the opponent. I want my team to reach this match like everyone else. We focus on ourselves and what we do. can do.”
The 41-year-old coach prefers to focus on his group rather than looking at the Paris side: “When we played Rennes, Nice, Lyon or Monaco we had no campus. We are still changing players’ ranks but We should focus on us, play our game.”
“It is not possible to suppress Paris all the time”
The people of Strasbourg, coming out of a series of 11 games without a loss – interrupted by Nice last week, learn about defeating the capital’s collective without playing a headless chicken: “It is not possible to suppress Paris all the time. “You have to choose the moments and be very effective in that time. You also need a lot of flexibility and resistance to the effort.”
Although the Parisians are already champions, Julian Stephan does not expect him to give up the sport. According to the technician, the champions will be “honest with the competition” and “make it hard for them.”
In the event of a win over PSG, Strasbourg would take a major step towards European qualification and could return to the podium in the event of a poor performance by his opponents. After the Paris deadline, RCSA will have to negotiate a trip to Brest before acquiring Clermont and then finishing their season at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, why not with a European qualification at the end.