Pollet: "Give joy to AS Cannes"

Pollet: Give joy to AS Cannes

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Ludovic Pollet, coach of AS Cannes (National 3), looks back on his team's qualification (3-0) this Sunday in the Coupe de France against SC Toulon (National).

This weekend was scheduled for the fifth round of the Coupe de France, marked by the entry into the running of National clubs. If seventeen of the eighteen clubs of the third national level have successfully crossed this stage, the Sporting Club of Toulon has however been eliminated by its neighbor, AS Cannes (National 3, 3-0). Ludovic Pollet, trainer of the Cannes team, returns to this performance.

This Sunday, October 13, the Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium hosted a meeting that was once a poster of D1, D2 or National. AS Cannes, 8th in its National 3 group (white jerseys), challenged SC Toulon, 16th in the National (yellow jerseys).

A Toulon formation which had formalized at the beginning of last week the arrival of a new trainer, Victor Zvunka. The native of Ban-Saint-Martin is a technician well known to lovers of the Coupe de France, since in 2009 he led the EA of Guingamp, then in Ligue 2, to the Stade de France for a memorable victory facing the Rennes neighbor (2-1).

"We knew that we were facing a team in difficulty in its championship", & nbsp; comments the coach of AS Cannes, Ludovic Pollet. "Our goalkeeper made a decisive stop after just five minutes of play before being injured later in the game. Despite this, we quickly led 2 goals to 0, thanks to two set pieces. my defensive midfielder Julien Deletraz who opened the scoring after fifteen minutes, before a strike from Paul Grandemange was deflected into his own nets by a Toulon player at half an hour of play. But then we backed off. "

At the break, feeling the danger approaching, Ludovic Pollet delivers an offensive speech to his troops: "I asked them to be more ambitious in the game. Instead of keeping this 2-0, at the risk of seeing the opponent go back to 2-1, I told them to go get that & nbsp; third goal. What they did. "

Twenty minutes from the end of the game, Franck Dja Djédjé, trained at Paris Saint-Germain and winner of Euro U19 in 2005 with France, strikes a heavy strike from the twenty-five meters which ends his race in the skylight. Something to delight the Cannes coach: "We are proud of what we have achieved! It's a great performance, facing a hierarchically superior opponent. It's the magic of the Cup!"

If it is obviously not necessary to ignite, this success can allow AS Cannes to start a positive dynamic. "We want to shine, this course must also serve us for the championship. I hope this adventure will create emulation within the group. This has already allowed some young players to show themselves. This test must be a source extra motivation for this season. "

Winner of the event in 1932, AS Cannes has also distinguished itself in a more recent past. During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, it reached the quarter-finals before falling against the EA of Guingamp (L1, 0-2), future winner of the event. "The Coupe de France is a game that takes us out of our daily lives," concludes Ludovic Pollet. "It is always interesting to measure oneself against hierarchically superior teams, because that allows us to gauge each other. It also allows us to live beautiful things. We want to give again joy to this club, and a beautiful course in cup can be a good way. "

Relegated administratively to DHR (7th division) in 2014, AS Cannes is slowly going up the slope. Promoted to DH (6th division) the following season, then to National 3 (5th division) in 2017, the Alpes-Maritimes team wants to take the steps, as Ludovic Pollet reminds us: "Ultimately, our goal is to find the professional level. We want to get out of this difficult division. Each year there is only one team that goes up to National 2.

To be the lucky one, you must have a workforce that holds the road, and success. Concerning my group it was renewed more than 50% this summer, but little by little the mayonnaise begins to take. However, we have been unlucky since the start of the season, especially with regard to injuries. "

Trained at the club, Ludovic Pollet was lucky to know the good times of AS Cannes: "This team allowed me to play for professionals. I had the chance to rub shoulders with great players, being almost part of the same generation as Zinedine Zidane. I also had the chance to work with great trainers, like Guy Lacombe or Luis Fernandez. I think that you shouldn't live in the past, even if you don't forget also ... The most important thing is to live in the present moment, and focus on the future. "