Not happy, Thierry Laurey. Equal to himself, the Strasbourg coach did not use the language of wood after the defeat of his team against Lyon (3-0) this Saturday during the 24th day of Ligue 1. During his conference post-match press, the Alsatian technician returned to refereeing at length. And in particular on the expulsion from the 15th minute of play his midfielder Adrien Thomasson, warned for a foul on Thiago Mendes and then for having contested too virulently the decision of the referee Amaury Delerue.
“We find ourselves at ten in a somewhat silly way, lamented the Racing coach. It can happen. The referee issued a second warning very or too quickly but did not send it then for Marcelo for a completely voluntary hand in the second half. That should have earned him a red card as well. “
For Thierry Laurey, Thomasson’s words did not necessarily justify a second yellow card. “FYI, there is a player from a great French team who came to Strasbourg this year who sprayed the linesman … Insults after insults! He did not even take a yellow card and we did not give him made a remark. We, we have a player who says a wrong word, it’s red card. I’m not saying it’s good but after a quarter of an hour, you can have a little more calm and mastery. There were double standards. “
“If Marcelo is expelled, it’s not the same story”
Then Laurey slowly builds up the pressure and returns to Marcelo’s hand: “The referee says there is an advantage and that the ball benefits the attacker. I would like to know when it benefits my attacker! On the other hand, the hand is voluntary. If Marcelo is sent off after 4 minutes in the second half, it’s not the same story. I’m not saying that we will win but that re-establishes the equality and we can maybe see another thing.” And Laurey continues: “I’m not going to complain, I took 3-0, I’m going to go home, I’m going to calm down, I’m going to make myself a little quiet beer and then we are going to go back to war during the week next. “
While waiting for the next meeting in Metz next Sunday, the Racing coach did not want to retain only the negative of his trip to Groupama Stadium: “We had started well but at ten it is a little more complicated. We struggled. , we remained united by showing good values. We had a hard time getting the balls out in the first half but we corrected that after half-time. We did honor to the jersey and that’s what matters to me because when we are inferior to Lyon it can quickly lead to a very large defeat. This match brings us on a good basis for the future. We will have to confirm this on the matches which come. I would have liked to see the match played eleven against eleven.”