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Troyes crowned Ligue 2 champion and first promoted to L1

2021-05-10T22:04:11.051Z

Troyes became champion of the 2020/2021 Ligue 2 season, after his home victory against Dunkirk (2-0), Saturday evening, during the 37th and penultimate day of the championship.



Three years later, Troyes returned to Ligue 1 after his victory (2-0) against Dunkirk on Saturday, an accomplishment for his coach Laurent Batlles and for his new Emirati owners, at the head of the Manchester City galaxy. Despite the acquisition of the club in the fall by the City Football Group (CFG), of which the Sky Blues are the flagship, this climb was not necessarily set up as an objective at the start of the season, but it does reward a nice run marked by solidity and regularity (23 wins, 8 draws and 6 defeats only in 37 days), which allowed the Estac to spend most of the season in the lead.After the victory obtained on Saturday against the promoted Northerner ( 2-0), the Trojans (77 pts) can no longer be joined by Clermont (2nd, 72 pts), who will battle with Toulouse (3rd, 68 pts,one match less) for the other directly qualifying place for L1. On Saturday, in addition to the climb, Esperance Troyes Aube Champagne also won their second French Ligue 2 title after 2015 and can still beat the club's point record (78 in 2015), a final challenge that would constitute the icing on the cake. Troyes in the first division, it is a recurrence since the 1950s, under the era of ASTS, TAF, ATAC of Alain Perrin (1998-1999), then with the Estac and its "champion "of accessions, Jean-Marc Furlan (2005, 2012, 2015), and finally Jean-Louis Garcia (2017).Espérance Troyes Aube Champagne also won his second French Ligue 2 title after 2015 and can still beat the club's point record (78 in 2015), a final challenge that would be the icing on the cake. Troyes in the first division, it is a recurrence since the 1950s, under the era of ASTS, TAF, ATAC of Alain Perrin (1998-1999), then with the Estac and its "champion "of accessions, Jean-Marc Furlan (2005, 2012, 2015), and finally Jean-Louis Garcia (2017).Espérance Troyes Aube Champagne also won his second French Ligue 2 title after 2015 and can still beat the club's point record (78 in 2015), a final challenge that would be the icing on the cake. Troyes in the first division, it is a recurrence since the 1950s, under the era of ASTS, TAF, ATAC of Alain Perrin (1998-1999), then with the Estac and its "champion "of accessions, Jean-Marc Furlan (2005, 2012, 2015), and finally Jean-Louis Garcia (2017).then with the Estac and its "champion" of accessions, Jean-Marc Furlan (2005, 2012, 2015), and finally Jean-Louis Garcia (2017).then with the Estac and its "champion" of accessions, Jean-Marc Furlan (2005, 2012, 2015), and finally Jean-Louis Garcia (2017).

The audacity of Batlles

This time, the architect of success is Laurent Batlles, who arrived in Aube in June 2019. For his first coaching experience in the professional world, the former trainer of the AS Saint-Etienne training center marked the spirits. Already in a barrage position with the Estac during the final cessation of competitions due to the Covid-19 in March 2020, the former Toulousain brought the Champagne club to the top of the pyramid, thanks to attractive football and a ambitious game project. Tactical options carried by a group without a star, but with a backbone of reliable and talented players: Yoann Touzghar (34 years old and 3rd scorer in L2), Florian Tardieu, the pillar of the midfield, Gauthier Gallon, the goalkeeper ... A collective that took off from the 5th day, the starting point ofa series of twelve matches without defeat, to take control of the Championship in December 2020, after a success against Paris FC. This leader's chair, the Estac clung to it on the basis of a 3-4-3, a daring but risky system, which allowed Jimmy Giraudon's teammates to take the lead and win over days a good advance.

A smooth transition

Despite a slight air gap in March 2021, illustrated by a scathing 5-1 defeat at home against Nancy, Troyes rectified the situation, drawing from his group reinforced in the winter transfer window by the arrival of Lorientais Umut Bozok and the return to the Karim Azamoum club. Estac also changed its structural dimension during the fall, without the transition between Daniel Masoni, president for 11 years, and City Football Group, the new majority shareholder, upsetting the sporting balance. "Everything that is done today, it is I who put it in place (...) nothing is dictated to me", Batlles warned at the time of the resumption. In all discretion, the new management has put down its luggage gently, leaving free rein to the young technician (45) and his team. The financial strength of CFG,its international network and its catalog of young players in the making should offer Estac the means to succeed in its transition to Ligue 1. And perhaps to settle there, finally, for the long term.

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