When he managed Gazélec Ajaccio, Thierry Laurey had come to play four times at Gueugnon because the Corsican club's ground was suspended. “It had gone well,” he recalled. On Saturday, the new Paris FC coach left the Jean Laville stadium again with a smile, but above all with some certainty. Despite a team diminished by absences and still breaking in, Paris FC regaled with an attractive attacking game against Grenoble (4-0) its executioner during the play-offs last May. “We always have small concerns during a recovery, recognizes Laurey. In training it was sometimes a bit complicated, but I have boys who are competitive. In a match, they know how to put themselves in it and I like it. "
Led by a gala Gaëtan Laura (one goal and involved in two others), the Parisians left an impression. Because if Grenoble has never existed and lived a nightmare, it is above all because Paris FC provided a very high level of service in all sectors of the game. Obviously with so many absentees in defense, there were some fears at kick-off. But the experimental and inexperienced central hinge - 2nd start in L2 for Samir Chergui, 22 years old; 1st for Ousmane Camara, 18 - held the shock perfectly. “If we conceded so few chances (only 2 shots for Grenoble), it is because behind, the youngsters were efficient and solid, appreciates Laurey. Vincent (Demarconnay) perfectly read the 3 balls in depth of the match, the side brought.I am very satisfied with the performance of the whole team. We controlled the ball, we created a lot of chances. "
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The recruits coming from the National who carried out their baptism of fire in L2 also distinguished themselves. Maxime Bernauer (22), whom Paris FC snatched for around € 200,000 at Le Mans after tough negotiations with President Thierry Gomez, has shown great promise as a right-back. "We have to manage him because he is not yet quite physically ready but he was very interesting by the quality of his passes and his set pieces," confirms Laurey. As for Migouel Alfarela (23 years old) who had to work in ... building after the end of his adventure in Le Havre before relaunching himself in Annecy (7 goals and 7 assists last season), he has already opened his counter for the first L2 match of his career. The next recruits (a goalkeeper and a central defender), in the process of being finalized, will bea little more experienced. They should give even more relief to a workforce that has already shown its qualities.
Like last year (3-0 at Chambly), Paris FC has therefore started very strongly. But Thierry Laurey does not want to draw too hasty conclusions. “This good introduction should give us confidence… but not too much,” he tempers. We will see where we will be in ten days. It's a first day so it's difficult to base your judgment on Grenoble. Maybe they will be at the top of the table and that will mean that we did a big perf. If they are further away, we will only have won a normal victory. We have matches that will be tough in August, starting on Saturday with Dunkirk, which will offer us an athletic challenge. It will also be necessary to be able to respond present in another register. "