Guillaume Dufy (EDS): “It was poor, Paulo Fonseca (LOSC) did not exude serenity”

Guillaume Dufy (EDS): “It was poor, Paulo Fonseca (LOSC) did not exude serenity”
Guillaume Dufy (EDS): “It was poor, Paulo Fonseca (LOSC) did not exude serenity”

LOSC’s defeat this Monday evening against OL hurt the morale of players and supporters. The journalists present on The Evening Team attacked Paulo Fonseca’s choices during the second act.

The changes made by Paulo Fonseca had a definite impact on the result of the between LOSC and OL this Monday (3-4). While his men were leading by a goal, he chose to bring out Edon Zhegrova, who had come on during the first period, to bring in Alexsandro and switch to a five-man defense. The result: three goals in ten minutes and a defeat on the clock. For Etienne Moatti, journalist, the message sent by Paulo Fonseca could have an impact on the rest of the season: “By doing this, you can lose him altogether. It’s quite humiliating for a player. He came out twenty minutes from the end after coming on. He scored a splendid goal, he was nominated in the five best players in the championship. Frankly, he can make a fool of himself,” he believes.

The changes, from the exit of Gabriel Gudmundsson to that of Edon Zhegrova were undoubtedly the turning points of the match, until losing possession of the leather. Guillaume Dufy, also a journalist, analyzes these changes as a bad signal and an admission of weakness: “It’s a signal that you send to the other team saying that it’s because they fear them and that their changes can make the difference. It is said that when a coach brings in or chooses a defensive solution, it does not give off a lot of serenity all the same. […] He decides to close from the start of the second half. They give up the ball a little bit. Suddenly, they don’t play anymore. Lille’s second half is very, very poor,” he continues.

Didier Roustan, for his part, judges that these changes were the right thing to do. In the past, LOSC has already lost important points at the end of a match after leading. Paulo Fonseca had sometimes been the target of criticism for not having closed his game. Monday evening, the opposite happened: “If he gets caught up and he doesn’t do that, we’re going to blame him for not having closed down,” he thus puts an end to the debates.

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