Three goals conceded in Montpellier (3-2), three others against Toulouse (0-3) last Sunday at home and a zero point after two days of the championship: Estac has lost the foundation that helped it in the league keep. elite last season.
The 5-4-1 system advocated by coach Bruno Irles remains unchanged, but the departure of Issa Kaboré (Marseille) and Giulian Biancone (Nottingham Forest) has not yet been digested.
The Dane Andreas Bruus quickly found his marks as a right piston, illustrating himself in particular by his quality of passing in the opposing zone. But he is injured in a knee and will therefore be absent on Friday.
Too fast in the deep end
For Jackson Porozo, right axial defender, the start is difficult. The Ecuadorian international, who arrived this summer and with whom the Trojan club reached an agreement in principle in the spring, was involved in the first two Toulouse goals on Sunday.
In training, however, the former player of Boavista (Portuguese D1) impresses. Not only by his size (1.92 m). “I don’t know if anyone in Ligue 1 can have more impact in duels than him”, praises his coach Bruno Irles, who regrets that he had to throw him “into the deep end” of Ligue 1 early on, due to a lack of competition.
“Normally, in an ideal world, I should have brought Jackson (Porozo) and Andreas (Bruus) gradually, as we do for young people. Suddenly we saw certain shortcomings that succeeded in Portugal and in Denmark that do not succeed in Ligue 1. This is the situation it wants. »
After these two difficult games, Troyes only saw the dark side of the Ecuadorian, who was bought for 3.5 million euros by the City Group. “There is also the language barrier that hinders communication in matches,” adds Trojan goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon who regrets these “avoidable goals” conceded to Mosson at the Stade de l’Aube.
The warm-up games have already exposed these failed defensive setups. Estac conceded six goals against Toulouse, four against Metz and as many against Nancy! The start of the Ligue 1 Championship is a continuation of these worrying friendlies.
Friday in Lyon, however, the Trojan coach should renew the Ecuadorian in the ashes, his choices seem to be limited. Adil Rami, whose recovery has been delayed, is in poor condition. And Andreas Bruus, absent “three to four weeks”, will be replaced by Thierno Baldé, 20 years old.
The latter, a former Parisian who was loaned to Le Havre last season, has proven to be one of the most prominent full-backs in Ligue 2. But he also only benefits from a very short adjustment time. It is still to be hoped that, in this big tub that is Ligue 1, the Parisian titi will fare better than the Ecuadorian, who will have to learn quickly not to sink.