The Indian summer of Sochaux, new leader of Ligue 2

At the height of summer, on August 13, the atmosphere at the Bonal stadium in Sochaux was not at all festive. The Cubs had just been beaten at home by Amiens (0-1) and the supporters howled their anger at the start of the Championship for their proteges: three matches, a draw and two defeats.

Almost a month later, this Saturday evening, the same supporters, more than 800, present at the Gaston-Gérard stadium in Dijon, seemed to have completely changed. They sang and accompanied the Sochaux players constantly, authors of a still convincing performance, which resulted in a fifth success in a row (2-0). FC Sochaux-Montbéliard is marching in Ligue 2 today. Nothing seems to be able to stop it at the moment, he who has scored 14 goals in his last five matches and only conceded 2.

“After a timid start, the first goal freed us. Then we make a tough match. We are confident and we are progressing individually and collectively. It’s a really good night.” welcomed Olivier Guégan, the Sochaux coach.

How could a team, truly on the brink of crisis, get out of a spiral that pulled it down? He hasn’t admitted it yet but Guégan surely realized that his initial option, with two attackers, was not working. The return to 4-2-3-1 will quickly take effect. There will also have been the return of stability in defense thanks to the restoration of Abdallah Ndour, the left side, and Ismaïl Aaneba, the central defender revelation of last season.

“This group exudes great strength of character”

Olivier Guégan, coach of Sochaux

Some players like Tony Mauricio or Gaëtan Weissbeck, really in doubt and uncomfortable with the initial tactical system, have regained desire and pleasure. Others, especially the recruits, have finally responded. This was the case of the former Niortais, striker Ibrahim Sissoko, with obvious talent, who opened the scoring with a header (26th), Saturday evening, on a marvelous cross from Julien Faussurier, the former Brestois too newcomer and still as precious.

And what about Moussa Doumbia, who scored his 3rd goal of the season (55th)? “This group exudes great strength of character. He is a conqueror and knew how to respond to the challenge of the Dijonnais who wanted to react after two defeats in a row, continued Guégan, who still remained cautious. Being first is important, we assume, but this Championship is long and we can see that it will be very tight until the end. »

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