Zapping But! Football Club The AS Saint-Etienne newspaper: Can we believe in better days?
It was a turning point and the Greens negotiated it rather well. If they had lost this evening on the lawn of Angers in the late match of the 20th day, the maintenance would have looked like an impossible mission. But an own goal from Mendy in the 43rd allowed the Greens to snatch the three points, to put an end to their pitiful series of seven defeats in L1 and to return to four points behind the barrage (18th). A success that bears the hallmark of Pascal Dupraz, three choices of which have paid off.
Left side mason: on the street for weeks, light years from the level he was at at the start of the 2020-21 season, before his serious injury, the former Dunkirk was lined up this evening in the left lane. After two minutes of play, we said to ourselves that he was going to live an evening like the previous ones because he took drafts on the first incursions from Angevin. But it did not sink, quite the contrary. The goal of the evening comes from him. It is he who overflows in his lane, his center in force being deflected in his goals by the unfortunate Mendy. Safer defensively than a Miguel Trauco, more offensive than a Gabriel Silva, he may have found his place for the final sprint.
Camara in central defense: as for Mason, this idea does not come from Pascal Dupraz. Claude Puel had already tried the experiment and it hadn’t gone too badly. This evening, the Saint-Etienne defense did not concede a goal and it is a small feat because it had not happened to them since November 21 in Troyes (1-0). Camara is necessarily there for something. Often well placed, he played it sober in the raises. He, who is less radiant than in previous seasons in the middle, may have, like Mason, found his place for the end of the season.
Boudebouz at his best position: Pascal Dupraz had him play once in a role à la Pirlo, another time in a false nine. In both cases, the playmaker responded present and admired his technique. But nothing better for him than playing number ten, like tonight. It is there, in the heart of the game, that it is the most useful, the most radiant. When in addition his friend Wahbi Khazri will have returned from the CAN and as long as a real scorer arrives, his talent will be even more highlighted.
The Greens broke the black series in Angers
In a late match of the 20th day, AS Saint-Etienne won at Angers (1-0), ending a series of seven defeats in Ligue 1. The coach of the Greens, Pascal Dupraz, succeeded three nice shots at the level of the choice of men.