Valenciennes could hardly have started their match worse this Friday against Sochaux. ” We make a perfect first period, summarized Omar Daf, the coach of the Sochaliens. We lead by being solid and consistent until the break. Sochaux had opted to densify his environment and counter it. What he did perfectly after eleven minutes and two breakthroughs from Sofiane Diop (0-1, 10th) and then Abdoulaye Sané (0-2, 11th). Jérôme Prior even kept his team alive on a shot from the same Diop (22nd).
And the unexpected occurred at the start of the second period. VA went from 4-4-2- in diamonds to 4-2-3-1 with the idea of remaining structured and more impactful when approaching the opposing surface. ” It took character and personality to come back from two goals, explained Olivier Guégan, the Valenciennes coach who temporarily lost his status as the best L2 defense in favor of Lens. I congratulated my players who were great in adversity. It is a victory that will count for the future. We went to get it. the entrants were decisive and marked. These are good signals when approaching final runaway. “
Valenciennes overturned the balance of power
Valenciennes savored its highlight from the hour of play. Chergui and Cabral came to bring speed and ball keeping on the flanks. The 4-2-4 increased the pressure on a more defensive Sochaux team. The first goal from the head of the young midfielder Diliberto released the energies (1-2, 69th). Cabral scored a second shot against Lacroix almost in continuation of the Sochalian kick-off (2-2, 70th). Enough to reverse the balance of power and the course of the match in two minutes.
” It’s a shame to have cashed in this equalization, lamented Omar Daf. When you take a goal, you have to remobilize quickly. We paid dearly for the mismanagement of our weak times. I am very angry. It was a match that we had prepared well. By winning the three points, the maintenance was almost assured. It’s a shame considering the efforts made. “
Sochaux seemed to falter physically and mentally. Without the numerous Prévot stops (70th, 73rd, 79th), Valenciennes would have even had to take a clearer advantage. Chergui was responsible for delivering the coup de grace from the entrance to the surface. The left-hander placed a magnificent strike under the crossbar to trigger a euphoria on the bench of VA (3-2, 80th). And Guégan to assemble the striker from Lens Benjamin Moukandjo for the benefit of Mahame Siby, an environment responsible for densifying the midfield to preserve the result.
” I repeat it often, smiled the coach of the Hainaut team, but success smiles on daring and positive boys in life. I don’t want them to suffer the events. We were on the wrong track but we are having a great second half. I liked our attitudes. We have 38 points that we have earned and thirteen games to play, including five before the international break. After that, it will be money time and a whole different championship. We are in a fight and I like what my group releases. “