how the DFCO regained confidence

This Saturday, October 23, the DFCO won its second game in a row against Grenoble in Ligue 2. A fifth success this season which allows the club to climb back to 13th place in the championship. Since the arrival of Patrice Garande on the bench, the Dijonnais have regained their confidence.

We must of course not ignite, but the signals are green. This Saturday, October 23, the DFCO won 2-1 with merit on the lawn of Grenoble during the 13th day of Ligue 2. A second victory in a row for the men of Patrice Garande who find themselves 13th in the championship with 16 points , or 4 units from fifth qualifying place for the play-offs.

This is only the second time this season that the Dijonnais have two consecutive successes. Last week, they won 1-0 against Amiens. Since the arrival of their new coach on the bench on August 23, Baptiste Reynet’s teammates have won 5 out of 8 matches. A renewal which can be explained by the more conquering face displayed by the DFCO on the tactical and mental level. .

Dijon won in Grenoble despite the first goal conceded

Stigma of a struggling and still fragile team after a catastrophic 2020-2021 season, Dijon had lost each of the matches where he had conceded the opener this season. But this Saturday, October 23, the black series ended. Despite the first goal of the match scored by Ravet in the 29th minute of play, Patrice Garande’s men managed to win. Thanks to the equalization of the untenable Yassine Benzia (57th) then to the achievement of Alex Dobre (76th).

The state of mind has changed. Today, my greatest pleasure is to see the players come in to win. They know they have the means to do it.

Patrice Garande, DFCO coach

“We didn’t panic, we knew there was room to come back. It also marks the progress of this team mentally”, greeted the Burgundian technician after the game. An observation shared by Daniel Congré. The captain of the DFCO thus estimated at a press conference that the difficulties encountered by the collective at the start of the season are today at the origin of its moral strength. “We went through so many bad times that mentally, nothing can happen to us. We showed it tonight when we showed a very big solidarity to hold this result at the end of the match and go for the victory “.

Yassine Benzia and Alex Dobre, spearheads of renewal

This Saturday evening, Yassine Benzia and Alex Dobre were once again the strong men of the DFCO. Once again because it was already the Romanian striker who gave his teammates the winning goal against Amiens last week. As for Yassine Benzia, he has 3 goals and 2 assists in 10 Ligue 2 matches played this season. The two spearheads of the Dijon attack, symbols of renewal, are strong choices of Patrice Garande. Because the Franco-Algerian playmaker, pending departure, had been sidelined by David Linarès throughout the month of August.

“The arrival of the new coach was a change. He really changed everything. I walk a lot on affect and this coach gives me a lot of confidence”, confided the player trained in Lyon this week to our colleagues from France Bleu Bourgogne. A great revenge for the man who almost lost his left arm after a serious buggy accident.

As for Alex Dobre, the Romanian winger, repositioned in the axis within the 4-4-2 diamond pattern of Patrice Garande, finally seems to find the confidence that he so lacked in 2020-2021. As a reminder, he had only played 515 minutes in Ligue 1 last season. “When I arrived, he had too much waste, it was complicated but by dint of work and discussion, he understands things. He is very attentive”, recently hired the Dijon technician.

A saving passage in 4-4-2 diamond

But Alex Dobre and Yassine Benzia are much more than symbolic choices for Patrice Garande. They are above all the actors of a tactical renewal. After the trial and error at the start of the season, the DFCO has finally found its game system. A 4-4-2 diamond. Enough to resolve some concerns that seemed chronic since last season.

Because the tactical plan brings the axial density that was so lacking in Dijon for nearly a year and a half. Finally serene in the heart of the game, the DFCO has gained in balance and consistency since the arrival of Patrice Garande.

We are in the process of implementing some interesting game principles. I am very proud of what we have done.

Patrice Garande, DFCO coach

Often too far from their direct opponents in the famous battle in the middle of the field at the start of the championship, the Dijon recoverers and torchbearers have regained some color during their last outings, like the satisfying match of the trio Valentin Jacob, Jessy Pi, Wilitty Younoussa in the midfield against Grenoble. An overall solidity which reflects on the performance of the Burgundian defense.

As for the offensive aspect, Patrice Garande has managed to bring mobility and bonding to the Dijon collective by entrusting the keys of the game to Yassine Benzia and by associating him with the twirling Alex Dobre as well as the experienced Mickaël Le Bihan , all the same still far from its best level.

With their new offensive power, the Dijonnais shot on goal 24 times this Saturday on the lawn of Grenoble. “Certainly, we are trapped at half-time, but we had many chances. In terms of the game, we did great things”, estimated the former Toulouse coach last night. Despite his 4 goals this season, Aurélien Scheidler, a pure scorer sometimes too discreet in the game, has borne the brunt of this reorganization and is the loser of this renewal.

It now remains for DCFO to string together a third success in a row next week against Paris FC, currently 6th two small points behind Baptiste Reynet’s teammates. What to get closer to the top of the table, even if the Dijonnais did not want to reveal the goal they have set for the rest of this season.