In a vital week, solely Marseille noticed their European journey come to an finish, with PSG, Monaco, Nantes, Rennes and Good persevering with theirs. France will subsequently have 5 representatives within the European Cup this winter.
Winter will subsequently be heat for French golf equipment on the European scene. There is no such thing as a query of climbing the curtain, however neither must you ignore your pleasure in figuring out that France will nonetheless have 5 representatives within the European Cups subsequent February, and that the group levels of those competitions Europeans, specifically the Europa League, are now not a chore or an insurmountable mountain for anybody. The week had nevertheless began with immense disillusion after an unlikely state of affairs, leaving OM on the ground and with out hope of being returned to C3 after a lunar defeat towards Tottenham on the final second. Marseille is lastly the one French group to return to the pits and to desert the good European race. Inside just a few seconds and maybe a much less suicidal Marseille technique, France might have been an enormous hit.
“We’re dwarfs, toddlers. I heard the gamers, within the locker room, speaking about Barça, Juventus, we do not exist. In order that’s why we’ll preserve dreaming. » Antoine Kombouaré, starred chef
Regrets for Paris and Rennes, stars for Nantes
There have been different small disappointments, much less vital than that skilled by the band of Igor Tudor. On its scale, Paris Saint-Germain can take into account as a failure the actual fact of not having received first place in a gaggle made up of Benfica, a sick Juventus and Maccabi Haifa, even when the capital membership has he too was the sufferer of an unimaginable state of affairs. There could possibly be regrets for not having managed to do higher than two attracts towards the Portuguese by discovering their opponent within the spherical of 16 (selection between Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis, Tottenham, Bayern, Porto, Napoli and Actual Madrid ). Identical factor for Stade Rennes, who didn’t do what they wanted towards Larnaca to cross Fenerbahçe, and who can nonetheless curse themselves for having solely taken two factors towards the Turks after main 2-0 on the go then 3-0 on the return. “We stay undefeated, we’re certified, however we all know that we can not afford the slightest drop in pacestated Bruno Genesio this Thursday night. We’ll face an enormous membership in February. We had somewhat style of it final yr with Leicester, it will likely be a possibility to see what we now have in our legs. »
Two extra matches within the calendar for the Bretons, as for Monaco and Nantes, who additionally validated their ticket for the play-offs – or the 16are closing in case you want – by settling in second place of their swimming pools. Nothing could possibly be extra logical for ASM, within the race for the Champions League in August and which however completed behind the Hungarian membership Ferencvaros. A really good shock for the FCN, which subsequently has extra victories in C3 than within the league because the begin of the season (three towards two) and which was not content material to be transferred to the Europa League Convention, the place Good, the one French group to complete prime of their group, needed to combat to safe an eighth closing with 9 factors in six video games. “We’re dwarfs, toddlersstated Antoine Kombouaré after the success of his males in Greece. Above all, we’ll proceed to find, to study from this competitors. However the precedence for us is after all the championship. Then we can have stars in our eyes. I heard the gamers, within the locker room, speaking about Barça, Juventus, we do not exist. In order that’s why we’ll preserve dreaming. »
Ceilings to interrupt
Nobody can blame the Canaries, who should not programmed to go so excessive and who’re rediscovering the thrill of Europe, for not going additional. It is going to be at finest a fantastic achievement, at worst a revered logic for the Yellow and Inexperienced. The plateau will certainly be raised within the play-offs for Monaco, Nantes and Rennes (Barcelona, Juventus, Sporting, Salzburg, Sevilla FC, Shakhtar, Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax). Everybody’s European prospects rely so much on the draw, scheduled for Monday midday, however ought to French golf equipment chorus from dreaming of overthrowing European leaders? This type of efficiency is probably missing at Stade Rennes in its historical past within the European Cup, whereas Monaco is aware of the recipe and has a sufficiently massive squad to purpose for a profession in C3. The 5 French representatives have ceilings to interrupt, and a spring to glimpse in order to not relive the identical bleeding as final season, the place solely Marseille had slipped into the final 4 of … Europa League Convention. Rennes had seen its journey in the identical competitors come to an finish within the spherical of 16 (towards Leicester), i.e. on the similar stage as PSG and Lille within the Champions League (towards Actual Madrid and Chelsea), and as Monaco and Lyon within the League. Europa (towards Braga and FC Porto). This time, solely Good can rub their fingers for having made an appointment in March in a C4 the scale of French golf equipment.
A UEFA coefficient to pamper
Everybody has their very own quest and ambitions. PSG will be unable to just accept a brand new exit from the street from the eighth, whatever the opponent, and Monaco and Rennes have the weapons, with none pretension or conceitedness, to dream larger in C3, with out but going as far as to think about them. imitate Eintracht Frankfurt, shock winner of the final version. At this stage, nothing is legible, particularly because the World Cup will undergo this and can as soon as once more remind us that the findings of November are not often the identical in February-March. There stays the final curiosity of France’s UEFA coefficient, the primary concern of the leaders, panicked on the concept of seeing France lose its fifth place by 2024-2025. On this regard, this week is fairly excellent news because it permits them to take care of a nonetheless comfy lead over the Netherlands (6are56.700 factors) and Portugal (7e, 53.716 factors), France counting 59.497 and doing for the second higher than its two rivals on the present season, with the benefit of getting 5 representatives nonetheless in competition towards 4 for the Netherlands and Portugal. Now we now have to make the enjoyable final till spring.
By Clement Gavard