It is with the reception of the Stage Malherbe of Caen that Saint Etienne must cross a landing and launch in the race to Europe. The fifth place was released by the League Cup final, so the Greens must keep it.
In ambush behind his long-time enemy, Olympique Lyonnais, Saint Etienne will have to put pressure on the OL by imposing itself in front of Caen.
Even if the infirmary has filled again, Saint Etienne can overcome these Caenais, but it will not wait and rather attack the match at the right end. The Greens are performing when they go to the pressing and for the reception of Caen, Christophe Galtier could line up speed with Roux, Monnet Paquet, Saivet, Hamouma …
Winner in the first leg, 2-0, Saint Etienne can confirm in his enclosure and besides, after the great evening in front of Manchester United (0-1), the Verts enclosure risks to be still full to bursting and in boiling.
Even if Saint Etienne was beaten and eliminated by Manchester United, the Greens set fire to them and they have to keep that spirit to shine in the French League Championship.
The Europa League has just finished and the Greens will be able to reconcile themselves on the Ligue 1. They have lost a few points in recent weeks, because they surely had the head in Manchester United.
Saint Etienne recently lost points in Nice (0-1) and Montpellier (1-2), so the Stéphanois have to start again in their Forez. At Geoffroy Guichard, they remain on three successes in front of SCO Angers (2-1), Lyon (2-0) and Lorient (4-0) and since the beginning of the season, only OGC Nice took 3 points the cauldron.
Auspicious before the reception of Caen, because the Normans are not in great confidence far from their bases. They recently dropped in Dijon (0-2), at a direct competitor for the maintenance.
Fortunately, this week, Caen took a breath of fresh air by clinching a home win ahead of AS Nancy Lorraine (1-0) in the late game.
Private of Diomandé, Bazile, Dabo, Makengo or even Karamoh, Caen is still likely to suffer in the hell of the Cauldron and besides, Caen could rather prepare for the reception of SCO Angers, next week .