Currently in the United States, for a tour of preparation – and promotion – where he plays the EA Ligue 1 Games, Saint-Etienne emerges a great serenity before entering a European season, despite some major changes.
For the first time in its history, AS Saint-Etienne crossed the Atlantic. Invited to participate in EA Ligue 1 Games, in the company of Marseille and Bordeaux – both under American ownership – as well as Montpellier, the Greens do not want to leave empty-handed of their trip in the American capital, Washington DC. They intend to take advantage of this spotlight across the Atlantic to gain popularity. And they put their heart to work to win the hearts of the United States. After the creation of its English version Twitter account, ASSE organized, through the association, Coeur Vert, led by former player Lionel Potillon, a meeting with young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Washington. A good memory for these young players, perhaps future members of the large community of supporters of the Greens, but especially a way to convey a good image of the club internationally. Because if this is not the main objective of this trip, Bernard Caïazzo, the chairman of the supervisory board, secretly hopes to bring back from America a potential investor.
Promotion of Printant
On the field side, the people of Saint-Etienne give off freshness and serenity. However, the departure of Jean-Louis Gasset could have given cold sweats, after the fiasco of the last change of coach, when Oscar Garcia succeeded Christophe Galtier in the summer of 2017 (the Spanish coach had left his post as soon as the month of November). It is not so. Deputy Gasset, Ghislain Printant took over and ensures the continuity of the project initiated by the two men on their arrival in the Forez end of November 2017. "I try to be myself and I think the players have not felt no change compared to my attitude of the last eighteen months, even if I am a little more withdrawn in the sessions, my staff animates them "slipped the new strong man of the Greens, yesterday, in press conference. After an inaugural victory against Andrézieux-Bouthéon (N2, 2-1 on July 9) and a draw against Clermont (L2, 1-1 July 13), the Greens face Montpellier in the semifinal of EA Ligue 1 Games, this Thursday evening (0h). This should allow to gauge their state of form, at the dawn of a season when they will taste again to the Europa League, even if all the executives are not there yet. Loïc Perrin is injured, when Kévin Monnet-Paquet and Gabriel Silva, seriously injured knee and Achilles tendon in February, are not yet competitive. For his part, just out of the African Cup of Nations, Wahbi Khazri should be granted a vacation after 12 harassing months (World Cup, Ligue 1, CAN).
The jackpot thanks to Saliba
To face this European season and to exist there as much as possible, Saint-Etienne gives itself the means. A true trademark of Jean-Louis Gasset, the mercato has become a stéphane specialty in its own right for 18 months. And even if the Montpellier coach is gone, his extra toy, which is "boom boom hu", continues to attract players in the Forez. This summer, the Greens perfectly manage their market. The early signatures of Harold Moukoudi (Le Havre) and Alpha Sissoko (Clermont), obtained in March, testify to the maturity reached by the Etienne's leaders over this period, which has long been lacking. The recruitments of Denis Bouanga (Nimes) and Sergi Palencia (Barcelona) allow them to strengthen their workforce, both in quantity and quality. And then, the management of the Saliba file – where they show patience – is a symbol of the transformation of Saint-Etienne in recent months. By quietly leaving the auction up, the ASSE could draw a nice money from his defender 18 years. The latest trends sent him to Arsenal for 40 M € (bonus included) with a profit of 20% on resale. What to make other beautiful shots in this transfer window and give yourself the right to dream.
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