Claude Puel played his place on the bench of Saint-Etienne during the derby against OL (1-1). Has the technician offered himself a little reprieve?
The last chance match for Claude Puel. On an ejection seat before the derby against Olympique Lyonnais (1-1) on Sunday, at the end of the 9th day of Ligue 1, the coach of Saint-Etienne was able to motivate his troops to snatch the draw in time additional.
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What to afford a little reprieve? Yes. According to information from RMC Sport, a meeting of the supervisory board of ASSE ruled on the future of the French technician on Monday morning. With a positive outcome for the former Leicester coach.
The locker room did not let go of Puel
For a simple and good reason, beyond the millions of euros that his possible dismissal would cost: Puel seems to be able to count on the support of his locker room. It was enough to see the attitude of the Greens, yet good last in the standings, against this dashing OL team on Sunday.
The fact of playing a derby at Geoffroy-Guichard undoubtedly motivated the players, but they could very well have lowered their heads after the opening of Aouar’s score, and push their coach towards the exit. They did not, however, and Khazri ended up snatching the equalizer in added time.
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Krasso, Hamouma… paid coaching from Puel
With paid coaching from Puel, this decisive entry from Krasso just before added time is proof of this. On an action initiated by Hamouma, also off the bench, the head of the Stéphanois striker touched Denayer’s hand, and Mr. Letexier logically awarded a penalty to the Greens.
A penalty which therefore offered a little reprieve to the Stéphanois coach, despite the still worrying situation of the Greens in the standings. Before the international break, ASSE remains the red lantern of Ligue 1 and remains, with Brest, the only team not to have won a single match in 9 days.