Cédric Chasseur // Photo credit: FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP
11:01 a.m., August 11, 2023
It’s a wind of change blowing on the Strasbourg football club. In just a few weeks, a new owner arrived, that of Chelsea, Todd Boehly, while the major works of the Stade de la Meineau began. A new coach, Patrick Vieira, has also joined the bench. At 47, the 98 World Champion is starting a new adventure, with stars in his eyes.
A speech that seduces
“It smells of football here and that’s why being here today is all the same a source of pride for me because there are still solid bases”, he explains to the journalists. “There is this love, this relationship between supporters-player. There is really an atmosphere, there is the atmosphere which makes me believe that we can work really well in this club”, adds the former midfielder. Blues.
In Strasbourg, Patrick Vieira finds Mark Keller, his teammate for a few months in the France team. The President of Racing was immediately won over by the speech of his new coach. “What struck me deeply was also his motivation. I found that he was inhabited by the challenge that was offered to him and what I liked, and it rather came from him, It is of course to do better than what we were doing, but also to rely on what has been done well, perhaps for ten years in the club”, he notes.
“Everyone expects a lot” from him
It must be said that RC Strasbourg is coming out of a complicated season, with a maintenance acquired on the last day, under the orders of Frédéric Antonetti. But with much more substantial means, all of Strasbourg dreams of better days according to Jacky Duguépéroux, former coach of Racing.
“Everyone is expecting a lot and he will have the chance to tick off a team in front of a sold-out stadium for all home matches. Among football professionals, he is a little bit expected at the turn to really show that “He is a coach at the height of what he was as a player”, underlines however the former coach.
First element of response Sunday evening, with the reception at the Meinau of Olympique Lyonnais.