FOOTBALL: DFCO will “let the horses” against Saint-Etienne

This Saturday, July 30, the first match of the 2022-2023 Ligue 2 season guarantees to be high-stakes for Dijon. Coach Omar Duff is anticipating a “high-level” encounter and the membership are relying on 10,000 spectators, together with 450 much-watched Saint-Etienne supporters.

Dijon Football Côte-d’Or will open the first day of Ligue 2 this Saturday, July 30, at 15:00, internet hosting Sports Association Saint-Étienne at the Gaston Gérard Stadium.

This Friday, July 29, 2022, new coach Omar Daff offered the situations beneath which the Dijon males’s workforce approaches this primary assembly.

athletic refresh

The workforce will need to do with out Lucas Do, lengthy injured, Alex Dobre, in rehabilitation, nor Aurelien Scheidler, injured however in entrance positions to return “rapidly”. As for Valentin Jakob’s bodily situation, it will be evaluated after coaching this Friday.

During the preparatory part, the workforce alternated between coaching at the Ecoparc Dijon Bourgogne and pleasant matches. “Some needed to be introduced as much as athletic degree,” Omar Duff mentioned, “we have been working to be prepared, all now we have to do is let our hair down and have enjoyable.”

“There was a number of frustration final season, the gamers wish to combat again. It is as much as us to do what is critical to proceed to maneuver ahead calmly,” he continued.

First “excessive degree” sport.

However, the Dijon individuals are nicely conscious of the opponent who arrives at the Gaston Gerard stadium for this primary “high-level” sport, which was approached “with humility”: “Saint-Etienne comes down from Ligue 1, stored body and strengthened” .

Therefore, Stephanois are instantly amongst the favorites for the high of Ligue 2 with Metz or Sochaux. Omar Daff additionally mentioned he was “very comfortable” that Bordeaux had been returned to Ligue 2.

“The championship will be very excessive, we even have high quality, now we have our phrase,” mentioned Omar Daff. “This is a championship the place you must present a sure regularity. (…) I attempt to be 100% in each match, no matter the opponent.

Current recruitments

Although the season is beginning, the workforce has not but stabilized. Players have expressed their need to go away and different recruitments are underway, notably in the attacking sector of the sport. As such, Xande Silva, a striker from English membership Nottingham Forest, is being intently watched by the DFCO recruitment division.

“When now we have all our manpower, then we will have clear objectives,” Omar Duff blurted out. I’ve ambitions, so do the gamers.

Among the group, the coach famous the talents of 5 gamers to be captain. Therefore, he plans to “flip the tape on the season.”

Similarly, the coach particularly trades with a “group of gamers” to have “relays” and “take the temperature in the dressing room”.

Mikael le Bihan goals to ‘make up for final season’

For his half, Mikael Le Bien indicated that he was “trying ahead to the match”. Congratulating himself on with the ability to “rating objectives in coaching”, he mentioned he “feels actually good about this begin to the season”. “I wish to play, I wish to play for the workforce.

The centre-forward is especially happy to be coaching in step with assistant coach Stefan Mangione and intends to ‘atone for his lagging behind from final season’.

A tense encounter

For this primary sport, the membership is anticipating 10,000 spectators at the Gaston Gerard stadium and indicated that it has “bolstered” its safety system for such an inflow.

On the different hand, the membership refuses to speak the actual modalities of the machine. The match will happen beneath stress because of repeated violence by Saint-Etienne supporters in the earlier season.

The context initially led the Côte d’Or prefecture to ban entry to the Stade Gaston Gerard for Saint-Etienne supporters this Saturday, July 30, earlier than revoking its prefectural decree to permit the groups to play this primary match against the respective their supporters with some situations (discovered the two new arrestees).

The variety of Saint-Etienne supporters will be restricted to 450 individuals and so they will not have entry to the middle of Dijon. Buses will be escorted by police at the freeway exit to the stadium. The identical on the method again.

Jean-Christophe Tardivon

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