With goalkeeper Gauthier Larsonneur, full-backs Nils Nkunku and Denis Appiah, and striker Gaetan Charbonnier at the helm, the reinforcements recruited in Forez have contributed significantly to the recovery of the Greens, who have made a remarkable comeback phase.
I am confident about the greens
“Grateful and proud to have been entrusted with a short-term assignment,” the man who left ASSE in June to become sporting director of Pau FC, has an unprecedented experience in his career. Enrichment. Five months later, he noted that Saint-Etienne’s team “is characterized by quality, and is more balanced in terms of quality and quantity compared to last season.”
Furthermore, Louis de Souza predicts a season at the top of the table for Saint-Etienne: “This team, I am sure, will be part of the top 5 at the end of the season. Even top 2. “It shows a lot of respect for the Green House. “They had a two-year project to come back. And despite everything the football specialists might say, today they are on target.”
Condition of freshness
Well placed to know that the meeting at Cauldron could quickly become very special for the visitors, Pau’s sporting director is targeting ’emotion management’ as a key key to the clash on Saturday afternoon (3pm). “We will play in a well-equipped stadium that will encourage the team from start to finish. Besides the technical and tactical aspect, emotional control will be important.”
What bothers him is the state of recovery of international players who have returned “in small numbers” since Tuesday. While Terrence Kudo has been suspended, Mons Baswamina, Yohan Obiang, Sissy d’Almeida, Kenji Van Putu and Angie Ahosu will not be able to train at Nosti Camp this week. “It’s not trivial. Especially since we will play again on Tuesday (in Guingamp against Concarneau) and Saturday (the reception in Dunkirk). In Portugal, the day after the international break is devoted to cup matches. Maybe we should draw inspiration from it…”
At least Luis de Souza, “kept in constant contact” with the six internationals, and did not report any injuries. “We are happy for the boys because they will represent their country. They are disconnected from everyday life, and they go there with desire and pride.” If they come back more satisfactory, it will be a win for Pau FC.
‘Very quiet’ winter transfer window at Pau FC
After leaving for Senegal with president Bernard Laporte-Fry during the international break, Luis de Souza is focusing on the winter transfer window (1 January – 1 February 2024) which he declared to be “very quiet” at PAO. “Especially since we already have two recruits: Noe Sow will return (from a knee injury, editor’s note) in principle in January and Ilyad Muhammad (also due to a knee injury) in February.” Open for loan “in France or abroad”, PAO’s sporting director cites the case of Pape Massar Djeti: “He is a player with potential and we believe in him. For him to aim to play in a lower division, I think that would be a very good idea for him.”