National: in search of a first success, Créteil must quickly wake up

Créteil must finally start his season. The Val-de-Marnais have still not succeeded in unlocking their victory counter (two blank draws at home and one loss away) in 3 games and occupy 15th place. An uncomfortable situation before receiving this Friday Châteauroux, relegated from L2 and big favorite for the ascent, on behalf of the 4th day of National. “We have everything to gain and nothing to lose. We have a lot of desire and determination before this meeting to validate our good content with rewards in terms of accounting, ”insists coach Emmanuel Da Costa.

Completely rebuilt during the offseason with 16 departures for 14 arrivals including the goalkeeper Riffi Mandanda, the 3rd of the siblings, who played in Norway (Kongsvinger), the Cristolian squad must quickly find its marks or face a difficult season in a difficult situation. championship where the last four will be relegated. In the 2021 calendar year, the Val-de-Marnais won only 3 championship matches out of the 21 they played over the two seasons. They should even have gone down to N2 because they finished 17th (penultimate) last May before being drafted by the FFF.

Is this poor record disturbing for the players? “Last season is forgotten, we are looking forward,” said central defender Zakaria Belkouche, who is playing his 7th season with the Rams. We left with long teeth because we want to show that Créteil is out of place in the red zone. We have a feeling of revenge for what happened in the second part of last season when we collapsed. For now, we are in the process of breaking in, we have to find some automatisms. “

“On what I saw, I am not worried”

“I focused my speech in the talks on this notion of revenge, supports Emmanuel Da Costa. Players should be aware of this. I join them at the end of the season (Editor’s note: he took the team in April after the departure of Carlos Secrétario, the passage of Richard Déziré then the interim of Manuel Ramos). We did not deserve to participate in this championship but it is up to us to reverse the trend. It must be a driving force to transcend and sublimate oneself. Even if the club has changed direction with a new project and a completely renewed squad, we must not forget what happened. “

Despite a game in progress compared to the end of last season, efficiency is still not at the rendezvous for the moment (only one goal scored). The arrival of an attacker is scheduled for the next few weeks. “Frankly, on what I saw, I am not worried, assures Zakaria Belkouche. We have a group to have a good championship. “

The Red Star (14th), winner in Chambly (1-2) last week, moves to Saint-Brieuc (17th). The Audoniens recorded this week the arrival of defender Stéphane Sparagna, trained at OM and passed through Auxerre.

Chambly (11th), undefeated on the road (one victory and one draw), goes to Orléans (7th).

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