At the time of welcoming Nantes to their impregnable fortress of Moustoir, Lorient advances with the confidence of the best start to the season in its history in Ligue 1. Four victories in six days, a desire to play forward in each moment and already several collective goals that made the crowds stand up. After ten years at the head of the Merlus training center, Régis Le Bris is in the process of imposing his paw on the first team with success.
Everything goes very quickly in football, repeats the adage tirelessly. For a few weeks, FC Lorient has made itself the living embodiment of this. Maintained narrowly on the evening of a sad 0-0 against Bordeaux during the 37e day last May, the Merlus have been transfigured since the kick-off of this new version of Ligue 1. In the meantime, the club has been quite upside down throughout the summer, with the departure of Christophe Pélissier and the appointment of a novice at this level: Régis Le Bris, who had held the position of director of the club’s training center since 2012. Add to that an inexpensive transfer window and the departure of Armand Laurienté in the last days of August , and you get a healthy dose of trepidation heading into a four-run season.
hot in front
However, it takes more to scare a hake. From the first day, the band of Enzo Le Fée offered a surprise success in neighboring Rennes. Three new victories followed, barely marred by a heavy setback in Lens and a draw in Toulouse after a performance that deserved better rewards. Until this remarkable performance against Lyon, in the late match of the second day, with once again an intoxicating game made up of rapid forward projections, doubling of passes and spectacular actions. Worst attack in the championship last season (35 goals, tied with FC Metz), would Lorient have found its DNA turned towards the beautiful game?
“This is my fourteenth season at the club, and I see something. There’s a spirit in the band that I’ve rarely seenwelcomed President Loïc Féry the day after the success against Les Gones. We felt it when we opened this new cycle, but it had to materialize on the ground. » Bet successful so far, since the club made its best start in Ligue 1 with 4 wins and 13 points in 6 games. “We had a kind of challenge to build our game under pressure and we did it on several occasions.rejoiced for his part Le Bris on Wednesday evening. In previous games there were a few snippets, today there were a few more, some of which resulted in magnificent actions, such as the goal at the start of the second half. »
– FC LORIENT? (@FCLorient) September 8, 2022
The pawn in question, signed Dango Outtara after a remarkable action, initiated by an audacious raise in the hand of Yvon Mvogo, is not the first of its kind this season. In Ajaccio in particular, the young nugget also found herself at the conclusion of a movement of great beauty on the right side to offer victory to her family. Further proof of the great confidence displayed by the Lorient people, carried by a few revelations, like the Burkinabe winger, who has been radiant for a month (two goals and three assists in particular) after a more difficult discovery of the elite l year. In goal, newcomer Yvon Mvogo is already one of the best goalkeepers at the start of the season, Théo Le Bris – nephew of the coach – shows great things in the middle, while Terem Moffi continues to weigh on all the defenses of the championship.
Le Bris, fresh wind from the west
A set perfectly set to music by a successful conductor. The first coach in the history of the club to win his first two home games, Régis Le Bris knows perfectly well what principles of play he wishes to apply. “I don’t want to seek possession at all costs, it’s not an issue for us. Possessions must be hyper incisive, they must hurt the opponenthe summed up after the demonstration inflicted on Lyon. From the moment we keep this collective ambition and this spirit of the group that is being created, we will be able to pass a few bad deadlines without problem, like after Lens. » Bollaert, precisely, the only hitch of the course so far. But not enough to worry the one who went to Spain to closely observe the work of Quique Setién with Betis to draw inspiration from it. “We can lose matches like in Lens, against one of the best teams in the championship, but we played and we even made them doubt at times … Quick, the return match! » , he exclaimed recently in The world.
In just a few months, Régis Le Bris, holder of a doctorate in physiology and biomechanics, has shaken up habits in Morbihan. A method based on permanent exchanges with the players aiming to establish a more horizontal relationship with his group. “To last in Ligue 1, I do not make an obsession of it. At the end of the season, I would especially like the players to say to themselves: “We played the football we wanted to play”, and even : “We discovered unsuspected possibilities…” And that, generally, produces good results…” And anyway, out of the question to give in to euphoria despite the current fifth place before challenging the Canaries. History to avoid checking if in this specific case, the adage can work in both directions.
By Tom Binet