Soccer. Before the shock against ASPTT Caen, why is FC Flers so strong?

Flers has been on the Regional 1 championship since the start of the season and the first match won 4-1 at Mondeville. ©Aline Chatel

The match had not yet started and Jean-Baptiste Piquet was already impressed. Far from imagining that he was going to take nine that evening, the AS Tourlaville coach contemplated the quality of the warm-up put in place by FC Flers on this Saturday, October 22, 2022. only have athletes on their team. And you immediately see a real organization, a real structure. “Author of an interesting start to the season, Tourlaville lost 9-1 in Orne.

Flers walked on everyone

The sauce was a little hotter than usual, but the dish was no different. Flers has crunched everyone since the start of the Regional 1 championship. Mondeville (1-4), Equeurdreville (3-0), Alençon (0-3), Argentan (3-1) and Deauville (0-3 ) have all suffered the law of the undisputed juggernaut. With six wins in six games, 25 goals scored and only three conceded, Flers “rolls over everyone”, to use the expression of Jean-Baptiste Piquet. What makes them so strong? Everything, according to the Manchois technician, very admiring.

They are complete. They have two very strong center balls. In the middle, it organizes the game well. In front, they have a killer with Gosselin. Against us, it’s five chances, five goals.

Jean-Baptiste Piquet, coach of Tourlaville

ASPTT Caen, second in R1, will know what to expect on Saturday November 12 at 6:00 p.m. “It’s a team that projects very quickly, that puts a lot of verticality, details JB Piquet. They have two, three preferential circuits. They are so well-honed that when you manage to find the solution on a circuit, they go to second or third without any problem. “Even when they do not have the ball, the Flériens are just as formidable, in the eyes of the former coach of Maladrerie.

good everywhere

“When we play them, at 2-0, we are in the game, they leave the ball to us. But in fact, they come to lock you in an area and you are dead. It’s a steamroller. A steamroller with cold realism, like his goleador Geoffrey Gosselin, and the detonator named Demba Dia. The former Mondevillais is the attraction at the start of the season.

On the side, it’s a war machine. When you see him play, you have the impression that it’s Mbappé against the defenders of Ajaccio. I have never seen a player like that in R1. I am not convinced that there are such strong players in N3. He’s lightning fast, he’s maddeningly powerful and he plays simple.

Jean-Baptiste Piquet

Flers is also, or first of all, extreme rigor, according to his victim. “From the technical staff to the players, it’s maddeningly serene. There is not one word higher than the other. Maybe it was easier against us… But they played the same way from the first minute to the last. As if that weren’t enough, they also have “a top keeper” in Lorry Levionnois. And an appreciable mentality. “It makes an impact intelligently, without a bad gesture. They’re a fun team to play. With good guys and good players. »

The opinion of Alexis Bertin, coach of Deauville

Alexis Bertin, the coach of Deauville, could only see the strengths of Flers, Saturday November 12, 2022 (0-3). “They were more mature and more patient than us,” he explains. We were put in difficulty on each loss of ball. They have fast and efficient sides. The midfielder is smart, he moves well in the intervals. Offensively, they have quality. Their state of mind is very good. It’s obviously the best team we’ve met, there’s no comparison. They were calm and complete on all lines. They are in their place, that’s for sure. But I think the PTT are capable of beating them. This would revive the championship. »

“Strong but beatable”, for the Deauville coach

Jean-Baptiste Piquet is curious to see this formation finally destabilized. Deauville did not succeed on Saturday November 5, 2022, while Alexis Bertin’s players also posted five wins in five games before the meeting. However, the Deauville coach is not as enthusiastic as his counterpart.

We put ourselves in danger. They’re a really cohesive team, but the scoreline isn’t very telling. The referee forgot a penalty in our favour, we made an individual error on the first goal… It’s tough, but it’s beatable.

Alexis Bertin, Deauville coach

Being the first to hang Flers is the obvious objective of the PTT, Saturday November 12, 2022. It may be in the interest of the championship… “This match will be the real answer, believes Jean-Baptiste Picket. If they stick three to the PTT, it’s over. The Tourlavillais has a small idea of ​​the possible scenario. For him, the Caennais “will have the ball”, but it is the Flériens who “will decide”, with their counter-attack potential.

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“In N3, it would be with Vire”

For Jean-Baptiste Piquet, this Flers “would be with [le leader] Turns without problem in National 3 “and could even exist in National 2. “It worked really well, he believes. They also took advantage of the highlighting of PTT recruitment. They were able to work quietly. It’s super impressive. “The ASPTT Caen is warned. But if there is a team that seems armed to challenge the overpower of Flers, it is theirs…

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