Laurent Batlles, ASSE Saint-Etienne

Battles charge his players after the defeat against Dijon

In their first match of the season in Ligue 2, Saint-Etienne lost at Dijon (2-1). A worrying defeat and one that doesn’t have Laurent Battles anymore.


The season starts badly for Saint-Etienne. On the road to Dijon, as part of the first day of League 2, the greens lost 2-1. Leading by two goals at half-time, after goals from Mickaël Le Bihan (29th) and Bryan Soumaré (41st), the young Ayman Aiki reduced the difference on the scoreboard in the second half (69th). A defeat that did not please Laurent Battles, coach of the ASSE.

When you go into a Ligue 2 game with the mood shown in the first period, you can’t claim anything, he said after the game. It’s the worst game we’ve played since the restart (…) We have to work to improve it. You can’t win when you’re not running and showing so much technical weakness that it didn’t allow us to get a foothold in the game. I saw things I didn’t like. »

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