League 1 | Lorient believed in its survival in a crazy scenario against Clermont

League 1 | Lorient believed in its survival in a crazy scenario against Clermont
League 1 | Lorient believed in its survival in a crazy scenario against Clermont

What destroys man is not the most complete decline, but false hope. Lorient had the bitter experience this Sunday evening, against Clermont, during the 34th day of Ligue 1. The Merlus had buried the idea of ​​remaining in Ligue 1, the supporters of Moustoir too, as evidenced by the banners hostile to the direction and the projectiles sent on the bus of their own players upon arrival at the stadium. And yet, a crazy scenario allowed the Bretons to believe it. We had to win, Metz had to lose and, in all that, go up eight points in goal difference to scrape a play-off place. Lorient won 5-0 and the Grenats lost 2-0 against PSG.

At the end of the match, with haggard faces and vacant eyes, some Lorient players wandered on the pitch, others simply sat for long minutes and some returned to the locker room. One constant: the difficulty in realizing what has just happened. After the final whistle, Julien Laporte, taking the time to regain his senses, walked towards the microphone from Amazon Prime. He, who has been playing in the orange jersey for five years, was particularly affected by the descent to Ligue 2.It is a terrible failure for the club. These may be harsh words but we lacked humility this year. We will have to take stock, clear our heads“, supported the defender.

But above all, the scenario of the match gave an extremely bitter aftertaste to this descent. Even if Laporte assured that “It’s not this evening that we mark our descent, it’s well before“, he couldn’t help but believe it. “Tonight it leaves us with even more regrets, because we are capable of doing good things. And we saw the audience… I don’t even have the words. After the season we had, for them to be there like that and for us to manage to wrap up this match like that… and fail so close“. All is said.

A big setback, everything will have to be rebuilt

Of course we believed itbounced Régis Le Bris. No one was convinced of the feasibility of this business anymore. We believed in it until the end, the players demonstrated that they had this faith“. The native of Finistère especially returned to “the few opportunities we had to do so“. Regrets, a lot of regrets. Especially since beyond the sporting aspect, the descent represents a real complexity for the Merlus, eighth budget in Ligue 1. Landing in Ligue 2 is not far from the industrial accident.

Badredine Bouanani (Lorient)

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Even if president Loïc Féry has not hesitated to put his hand in his pocket in recent seasons and a new investor in the person of Bill Folley has arrived at the club (40% of the shares), it will be necessary to restructure. Régis le Bris is under contract until 2027, his early departure would be very expensive. “Today it’s too early to talk about it, there will be an exhaustive debriefing, that’s our job“, Le Bris only blurted out. Who still reminded us that “others work at the club“and that it is”not alone in this story“. While recalling his attachment to the institution and its values, where he has worked for 12 years. Also, profiles like those of Benjamin Mendy or Tiémoué Bakayoko would probably not be able to continue at the club. “It’s a terrible failure, a big setback, everything will have to be rebuilt“, concludes Julien Laporte.

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