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Coupe de France – Rémy Le Bourdoulous (Lannion FC): “The chances are slim, but they exist”

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Lannion FC coach, Rémy Le Bourdoulous is preparing to face Toulouse in the 32nd round of the Coupe de France, this Sunday (6 p.m.) at Roudourou. A historic meeting for its players, but also for the club. Exclusive interview.

How do you feel before this historic meeting?

We’ll say it’s fine, there is no particular stress or over-motivation. We restarted this week with a usual program. The group is concerned and focused, but not overly excited.

“I remain aware that the Cup is not our priority objective this season”

Remy Le Bourdoulous

What does this competition represent for you?

It is a separate competition. Every year, teams complete routes that are out of the ordinary. It allows an amateur club to tickle more upscale clubs or even professional clubs. This is the case for us this year and it is an event that concerns the whole club, not just the players and the staff. It’s really all the licensees, the leaders and the supporters, it’s the Lannion FC party!

And face a Ligue 1 club like Toulouse?

Me, I don’t have different attitudes in my way of working. This is not false modesty or arrogance. I remain aware that the Cup is not our priority objective, because our priority is to maintain the National 3 Championship. If it is not acquired, the season will be disappointing despite the course in the Coupe de France.

“The objective is to arrive on Sunday with good physical, tactical and above all psychological preparation”

Remy Le Bourdoulous

Tell us about the excitement surrounding the match at the club?

For the club, it’s a hell of an organization to prepare for this meeting. We feel that this Coupe de France is at the heart of all the discussions of the moment and it also allows us to unite all the members of the club. For my part, I am concentrating on the field part, but I still feel the excitement rising.

How do you prepare for a match of this importance?

There are certainly several ways to do it depending on the club, the staff and the coach. As far as I’m concerned, the priority was to keep our way of doing things, our organization with our training pace. The objective is to arrive on Sunday with good physical, tactical and above all psychological preparation. We will also prepare to suffer, to have to make greater efforts than usual. On the match, I might have to make changes, but that’s not the goal. The priority is to continue playing as we have been doing since the start of the season.

“The ideal scenario would be to score just before the break, so that our players arrive in the dressing room at half-time with the hope of qualifying”

Remy Le Bourdoulous

Did you rely on the exploit of Versailles (victory 1-0) last season against Toulouse to prepare for this meeting?

It is an interesting lever in the preparation of the match from a motivation and communication point of view. For the players, it shows that in the Coupe de France, there are exploits and that some are completely unexpected. It’s the magic of competition, like when we won against Châteaubriant. We were behind in the score, we were able to come back and win on penalties. In this type of match, we know that even if our chances of success are slim, they still exist.

What would be the ideal scenario for Sunday’s game?

It’s already not to concede, to be solid defensively, to produce play to pose some problems. Then hope that Toulouse, which is aiming to stay in Ligue 1, makes changes and that the concentration is not perfect at that time. The ideal scenario would be to score just before the break, for our players to arrive in the dressing room at half-time with the hope of qualifying.

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