ASSE’s first opponent of the season in difficulty!

This Saturday, two Ligue 1 clubs were on deck and played their first friendly matches. Will Still made his debut on the bench for RC Lens, against KV Courtrai, while AS Monaco, ASSE’s first opponent in the upcoming Ligue 1 season, faced Servette Geneva.

Lens makes a strong impression five weeks before the start of Ligue 1

The holidays are over for a large part of the Ligue 1 clubs who have returned to training. For ASSE, the return to l’Etrat is set for this Monday. But some clubs have gotten ahead of schedule. RC Strasbourg of Saïdou Sow and Matthieu Dreyer played their first friendly match on Thursday. These first friendly matches, whose final results are not very interesting, allow the coaches to review the squad, give playing time to as many players as possible, and to check the fitness of each one.

This Saturday, Will Still had his first match at the helm of his new team, RC Lens, after leaving Reims. The Lens team, which hosted KV Courtrai, who narrowly escaped being kept in the Jupiler Pro League, had a blast during this match which was held at the training centre in La Gaillette. The final score of this spectacular match which was played over 4 quarters of 25 minutes each? 6-3. Six different Lens scorers stood out: Wesley Saïd (14th), Ruben Aguilar (35th), Ismaëlo Ganiou (53rd), Jimmy Cabot (72nd), Adrien Thomasson (90th) and Elye Wahi (101st).

Next RC Lens friendly match: July 12 against Red Star (L2)

ASSE’s first opponent in difficulty!

AS Monaco was also on deck. The French vice-champion hosted Servette Geneva this Saturday. The Monaco coach, Adi Hütter, also conducted a large squad review under the eyes of president Dmitry Rybolovlev. The team, deprived of most of its international players, relied heavily on its young players, particularly in the second half. In the first half, some headliners were still present on the pitch: Kehrer, Jakobs, Singo, Ouattara, Diatta, Camara and Golovin. After a rather balanced first half (0-0), Adi Hütter made a complete change to his team and placed his trust in a large number of young players from the Monaco reserve team: Béry, Nibombe, Platret, Valme, Bamba, Etonde, Bertolucci.

Despite a great opportunity at the start of the second half, the young Monegasque team quickly let itself be dominated by the Swiss, who scored a goal (Gaël Oudoua) which was ultimately disallowed for offside in the 61st minute. 4 minutes later, it was a strike from Jérémy Guillemenot into Philipp Köhn’s side netting which allowed Servette Genève to take the lead and keep it until the end (0-1).

The reaction of the Monaco coach at the end of the match: “It’s always the same at the start of preparation where there is fatigue, it’s normal. I’m obviously a little disappointed with the result but we’re not stopping there and we want to continue to progress in our style of play.”

Next AS Monaco friendly match: Saturday July 13 against Cercle Bruges (BEL)



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