After the official relegation of Nîmes to the second division, only the place of barrage now shakes several elite clubs.
It is characteristic of a breathtaking Ligue 1 season, where the fight rages on all levels. It is that of crossed destinies, some of which sealed the future of the other this Sunday evening.So, Lyon remained in the race for the Champions League thanks to its success while in control in Nîmes (5-2) . As a result, the Gardois – already in the midst of an institutional crisis – find the antechamber of the elite, which they had left three seasons ago. The blame is shared, such as this disastrous course at home (3 wins in 19 matches) and the insufficient record to hope for better on the outskirts of the return phase, which coach Jérôme Arpinon paid the price by being laid off in early February. “It’s a big waste for this team with quality, regretted captain Renaud Ripart, on the verge of tears at the microphone of Canal+. We do not go down on the last matches but on the whole season. I am sad for the supporters. When we have fifteen points in mid-February, it’s complicated. ” The reconstruction will perhaps be done with Pascal Plancque, who has raised the bar for the Crocos with uneven success over the past three months. “I now want us to finish as best as possible in Rennes,” the coach concluded on Sunday. With the probable loss of several elements and the scheduled end of the training center, the summer promises to be the hottest in the Gard, where we hope not to have to wait 25 years to find the elite.
Nantes has its destiny in hand
Nîmes will be accompanied in Ligue 2 by Dijon, the only team to present a worse record than the NO on its land (only one victory). A reality that was reflected on Sunday evening at the Gaston-Gérard stadium, where the DFCO sank a little more against a Nantes in full flurry (0-4). But it is not appropriate to stop on the Burgundians, relegated since the end of April after a cataclysmic course in 2021 (18 defeats in 21 matches, 1 victory) which left nothing to hope for. Conversely, the recent form of Nantes is the bearer of hope. After a very eventful season where three coaches succeeded each other on the bench (Gourcuff, Domenech then Kombouaré), Nantes offered itself a fourth success in a row, the third in a row with the manner. Still barrage, the Loire club now has its destiny in hand when it comes to the home stretch. A finding far from obvious when Antoine Kombouaré arrived in mid-February. “We are giving ourselves a grand final against Montpellier to get better. “The great satisfaction is that we are at least sure of playing the play-offs. Arriving in Nantes, I signed immediately to achieve it, noted the Kanak in a press conference. We give ourselves a grand final against Montpellier to get better. By winning, we will be in Ligue 1. ” A final at La Beaujoire which is not insurmountable for the Nantes residents, driven by a molten attack (13 goals in 4 matches) and opposed to the Hérault residents who have nothing more to play.
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We are not going to climb trees after this victory
Strasbourg-Lorient: barrier to the vanquished?
This match, which will sound the last of Michel Der Zakarian on the bench of the MHSC, will be particularly followed by the protagonists of Strasbourg-Lorient scheduled in Alsace. In anticipation of this shock for the maintenance, the two teams did the job this Sunday: Lorient was scared but won against Nice (2-1) when Strasbourg had the good idea to win in Nice thanks to a double from his goleador Ludovic Ajorque (2-0). “We’re not going to climb trees after this victory. The positions are very tight at the end of the ranking. (…) But we keep our fate in hand, ”noted Alsatian technician Thierry Laurey, who will also be leaving his post at the end of the season. A draw would be enough for Racing to secure a fourth rank in the top flight, after the end of the season which created a delicate struggle for maintenance still unsuspected a few months ago. For Lorient, promoted this year, the fight for maintenance has occupied the heads since the evening of the 6th day (the Hakes have never been higher than 17th place). While the two teams present an identical record (41 points), the Morbihannais regret that the particular goal difference (they won 3-1 in the first leg) does not take precedence over the goal difference (9 goals d advance for Strasbourg). Sixth best team in the return phase, Lorient will have to rely on its dynamics under penalty of stretching its season in play-offs, according to the result of Nantes against Montpellier.
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Brest: beware of danger
Unlike Lorient, the neighbor Brestois is at a standstill on the return phase (18th). After an exciting first half of the year, the Finistériens (41 pts) can still play the dams in the event of a defeat against Paris, still in the title race, combined with a draw in Strasbourg and a victory for Nantes. Coach Olivier Dall’Oglio deplored “regrets” at the end of the only goalless draw of the 37th day, in Montpellier on Sunday (0-0). Sent to several clubs even before the maintenance acted, the former Dijon coach believes that he would have “preferred to do (his) job quietly around.” Planned as an end of season party, the reception of PSG will ultimately be crucial. “We will play against PSG. This is not the best scenario, but it remains a game, asks the technician. We’re going to play it brazenly. Our survival depends on it. If we have to go to the play-offs, we will be determined to play them thoroughly to stay in Ligue 1. “
It would take a combination of circumstances with 12 unknowns
Bordeaux and Reims should get by
“It would take a combination of circumstances with 12 unknowns” for Bordeaux to end up in play-offs, believes coach Jean-Louis Gasset. Thus, the Girondins did the job by taking the upper hand over Lens on Sunday (3-0), to reach the once sufficient bar of 42 points. And this fateful crossing point should suffice for the Girondins and the Rémois, dismissed without a fight at the Parc des Princes (4-0) and who have not won since the end of March. Chance of a calendar that is definitely doing things well, the two teams will meet on Sunday evening in Champagne. And the spirit will be out in the event of a parity score, which would keep the two teams in the top flight. Champion of draws (15 in 37 matches), Reims has anyway a favorable goal difference (-9) compared to its pursuers. For Bordeaux (-15), an improbable defeat by at least four goals away would condemn them to take a look at Strasbourg, Brest and Nantes. In the event of a draw or victory, the Girondins will definitely be able to turn the page of this season in hell.