Paris FC – Valenciennes (2-1): the Parisians ensure their “decisive” week

Three more points, no injuries even if Nouha Dicko was hit in a toe and a squad that was able to rotate… Failing to produce an unforgettable performance, Paris FC provided the essentials against Valenciennes, the red lantern, already condemned to the National (2-1). As the evening progressed, the great operation that was looming in the standings evaporated as Angers (2nd) and Saint-Étienne (3rd), who were trailing at half-time, ended up winning. Paris FC remains 4th before tackling a triptych of truth against teams from the Top 5 which will certainly determine its final place at the end of the last day on May 17. The Parisians will travel to Rodez (5th, 2 points behind PFC) on Tuesday before receiving Angers (2nd) on April 27 then traveling to leader Auxerre on May 4.

Quickly surprised (9th), Paris FC, without forcing too much, went ahead in five minutes (20th and 25th) thanks to two recruits from the January transfer window, Nouha Dicko (3rd goal of the season) and the very offensive Finnish full-back Tuomas Ollila (2nd goal). On the second goal, Ilan Kebbal signed his 11th assist of the season (leader of this ranking). If the good Parisian series continued with this 11th match without defeat (5 wins, 6 draws), the 2nd half was very sluggish in terms of play despite a lot of ball possession (70%). Sometimes caught in the act of taking it easy, the Parisians even had a few scares at the end of the match. This lack of control over money-time is nothing new…

In anticipation of the next two-match week, Stéphane Gilli was able to give playing time to some like Lukembila, Marchetti (1st at Charléty), Kolodziejczak, Lopez while sparing other players like Dicko, who came out during the break, or Dabila who was certainly the best Parisian this Saturday evening. Tuesday in Rodez, Samir Chergui and Cyril Mandouki will in fact be suspended and there are no returns planned in the near future, particularly with regard to Gory and especially Hamel. But as certainly PFC supporters accustomed to much better in recent weeks, the Parisian coach remained hungry.

“The positive point is that we take the three points,” he admits. All week, I had been warning the players. I compared this match to a Cup match which should not be taken lightly. We had a decent first half. Then, we lacked intelligence in the game, maturity and we scared ourselves at the end. This isn’t the first match where it’s happened like this… We didn’t come far from getting an equalizer. When you don’t respect the game, you always risk being punished. »

Stéphane Gilli obviously expects a completely different performance from his players on Tuesday in Rodez who beat the leader Auxerre this Saturday (2-0). “It’s a decisive week even if I don’t really like that term,” continues the PFC coach. When we see the Rodez match against Auxerre, we know that we will have to be at a high level on Tuesday. But I know that my players will respond. We will already think about getting a good rest before going to Rodez to at least keep this 4th place. »

Match sheet

PARIS FC – VALENCIENNES: 2-1 (2-1).

Spectators: 5,655.

Referee: M.Leleu.

Buts. Paris FC : Dicko (20e), Ollila (25e) ; Valenciennes : Jung (9e).

Warnings. Paris FC: Camara (46th), Valenciennes: Kayi Sanda (86th).

Paris FC: Nkambadio – Dabila (Marchetti, 63rd), Chergui, Mbow (Kolodziejczak, 78th), Ollila (Gaudin, 85th) – Mandouki (cap.), Doucet – Kebbal, Camara, Dicko (Lukembila, 46th) and Jabbari (Lopez). , 78e). .Entr.. : Gilli.

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