Strasbourg. The team that amazed in Ligue 1

The Rennes is now a certainty of the high areas of the ranking, the Lens it’s in its second season in the first half, and also Brest And Nantes they concluded two excellent championships. But it was the most surprising of all Strasbourg by Julien Stephancurrently sixth with 60 points and still in the running for a historic European placement.

Strasbourg in Europe is certainly not famous for football. The city, located in the north-east of France on the border with Germany, is the seat, together with Brussels, of the European Parliament. The Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsaceabbreviated to Strasbourg represents the city in Ligue 1, but it has never had the importance in football that it has for European politics. This is to give the dimension of the dream that Julien Stephan created in the current season, a dream that is still possible to grasp.

Strasbourg’s start in Ligue 1 was certainly not exciting. In the first five, Stephan’s team collects only 4 points and loses three times. Then the path of improvement, slow and tiring, but undertaken through goleade and draws that brings the biancoblù to orbit in the Europe area in December, in ranking positions that could, on paper, also mean a place in Champions League.

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Stephan’s team is solid, loses little and scores like Marseille and Monaco. He entertains and exalts through a well-defined tactical scheme and a Le Meinau always almost full which makes it difficult at home. Two days from the end she only lost three times in friendly walls (against Angers in the opening match, with Lille and Marseille).

In the last race a Le Meinau he stopped at 3-3 on PSG already champion taking the lead after a couple of minutes and recovering two goals for Pochettino’s team in the final. It is a surprising team capable of unexpected results, even negatively considering the points lost in the journey against Bordeaux, St. Etienne, Troyes and Lorientthe teams at the bottom of the ranking.

It was the Nantes champion in the League Cup and automatically in the Europa League, but Nice and Rennes, fourth and fifth respectively, are only a handful of points away and nothing has yet been decided.

Former Rennes coach Julien Stephan, who with the Rossoneri team won a trophy that had been missing for almost 50 years, has brought certainties and ideas back to Marseille. The defeat against Angers in the first round pushed Stephan to line up three behind, a module never abandoned by the biancoblù. The Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels is the undisputed owner with whom Strasbourg scored 12 clean sheet (he is second only to Benitez del Nizza with 14).

Ahead of him the three line of defense is made up of Djiku, Nyamsi And Perrin; the captain and player with the most appearances in the history of the club operate on the flanks Dimitri Lienard And Frederic Guilbertwhich alternates with the canterano expiring Shitalready official at Mainz next season on a free transfer.

In the two-man line in the middle that supports the attacking midfielder Thomasson the Bosnian alternated throughout the season Prcicthe imposing Ibrahima Sissoko and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde. On the trocar, freedom of action for Adrien Thomassonin his fourth season with the Strasbourg shirt and close to equaling his best scoring season in Ligue 1.

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Strasbourg’s forward Kevin Gameiro (R) v / PATRICK VALASSERIS / GettyImages

Attacking couple formed by Ludovic Ajorque and Kevin Gameirowith Habib Diallo ready to take turns and take over the race in progress. Ajorque arrived in Strasbourg three years ago, the same ones he took to become the most prolific footballer in the club’s history. Gameiro at Racing has grown and exploded in football and is back this season 13 years after his farewell.

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In addition to the aforementioned ability to keep a clean sheet 13 times in Ligue 1, Stephan’s team is very careful and builds on cross And aerial duels much of its strength. In the offensive phase it is the team that scores the most crosses per game in the championship (21) and is among the first even in long passes made in a match (60). Consequently, Stephan’s eleven is the team that wins the most aerial duels per game (17.7) and the one that has won the most in the whole championship (636).

In the individual statistics, the outsiders Lienard and Guilbert stand out, with 115 crosses each making almost half of Strasbourg’s crosses. Interesting statistic also with regard to goals. This year Ajorque, who also scored 12 goals and provided 8 assists, is not the only one in double figures; to keep him company are Kevin Gameiro, 11 goals and 4 assists, and Habib Diallo, 11 goals and 2 assists, which make Strasbourg the only team of the Ligue 1 with three double-digit players.
All the data of the last two paragarafi have been taken from whoscored.com And fbref.com.

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