Last night, the Greens had the good fortune to come back from Pau with the point of the draw. A happiness with a bitter taste since ASSE led 1-0 before the expulsion of Etienne Green was a turning point in the match. Back from suspension, will Etienne Green who has just received his second red card of the season give way to Dreyer in goal?
During the winter transfer window, the Saint-Etienne leaders felt that Etienne Green, who started last season, was not up to the challenge of maintaining it. They then went to look for Paul Bernardoni in Angers. Six months later, ASSE sank in Ligue 2 and Bernardoni had failed to convince that he was a better solution than the young goalkeeper from Saint-Etienne.
Did this contribute to psychologically breaking Etienne Green who, without being extraordinary last year, was perhaps not the number one problem in the maintenance operation? It is possible that at 22, when he had just experienced his first selection with the English Espoirs, the blow was hard to take.
Etienne Green does not convince Batlles…
A descent into Ligue 2 later and Paul Bernardoni returned to Angers, Etienne Green emerged as the group’s only experienced goalkeeper. Laurent Batlles and Loïc Perrin then quickly agreed that it was necessary to accompany the doorman from Saint-Etienne, convinced that he should take advantage of the advice of an elder. There was even talk of Green’s departure, but with the goalkeeping market being very specific and having been quiet this summer, Green never received the impossible-to-refuse offer.
Laurent Batlles, more by logic than by conviction, has therefore installed Etienne Green in the Saint-Etienne goals for this start of the season. If he did not have to complain about his performance, the meeting against Le Havre derailed the train. Sent off on a largely avoidable fault 30 meters from his goals, Green hastened the arrival of Lorient Matthieu Dreyer (33). A signature that responded to two commands from the coach: bring experience and find an urgent solution for the meeting in Valenciennes (1-1).
Matthieu Dreyer thus took his first steps in the Green jersey against the northerners, and only lost on a penalty at the very end of the match. During the following meeting, he was one of the players in the formidable match won by the Greens 5 goals to nil against Bastia. What to store confidence and install Dreyer in the goals in the absence of suspended Green? The question was asked before yesterday’s match in Pau.
Laurent Batlles responded to this and reinstalled his young goalkeeper in the ASSE cage. A decision that could have been a winner, except that … the goalkeeper was still not very lucid when making crucial choices to defend his cage. Thus, in the 63rd minute, as against Le Havre (0-5), the Franco-Englishman left his teammates and left them at 10… A real turning point from which the Greens would not recover before Lenny’s penalty equalizer Pintor (85th).
Batlles struggles to hide his annoyance with his young doorman…
Laurent Batlles, bitter at the end of the game, did not try to defend his young goalkeeper. Behind the “game fact” as he calls it, there is the error of a goalkeeper who plunges a team which was hitherto in difficulty but which held its victory! A scenario not quite identical to that experienced against Le Havre where defeat was assured when Green left his teammates.
From then on, Laurent Batlles, who we know has never been a big fan of the “Green” style, may have felt a little betrayed by the one he had had the tact to reposition in goal when Dreyer came to make two very clean copies.
Released from the center and established thanks to an extraordinary combination of circumstances, is the beautiful story of Etienne Green about to turn into a bad dream? It’s possible. Batlles is not known for feeling if the sporting added value is not there. Whatever Green’s story, he certainly won’t be able to validate in goal the presence of a player who offers so little security at key moments, especially when his side are up front on the scoreboard. Overrated for some, future good goalkeeper in the making for others, Etienne Green divides. However, the day after a defeat which will send him back to the stands for one or two games, he seems to have worn out the rope of his coach’s patience who could therefore quickly make a scathing decision and reverse the hierarchy of his goalkeepers. Matthieu Dreyer could this time settle more permanently in goal…
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