10:58 p.m., March 02, 2023
How far can Annecy players go? Haloed by their historic victory against Olympique de Marseille in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, the players of the Ligue 2 club are still struggling to achieve the feat they have just accomplished at the Vélodrome. Guest of the show Europe 1 Sport (every evening from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Annecy Reds sporting director Jean-Philippe Nallet still cannot believe it: “The night was short. The players returned at 7 a.m. by bus” , told the latter at the microphone of Céline Géraud.
24 hours later, the people of Annecy are still on their little cloud: “We appreciated this day at its fair value. I think it’s important to savor this present moment”, he then explained. This achievement, the players of the Ligue 2 club owe it to their group and to the values which are conveyed within the club: “The notion of unity is real in this group. The players ask themselves fewer questions than the leaders and last night, in front of a hostile public of 63,000 people, it was exceptional”, was moved the sports director of the club in Europe 1 Sport.
Toulouse in the semi-finals
Penultimate Ligue 2 budget with eight million euros per year, 8 million euros budget, Annecy does not intend to stop at the gates of the Stade de France. But to win a possible ticket for the final, the Annecyans will have to achieve a new feat, this time against Toulouse, on April 5th. They will have the home advantage this time: “It was a real desire to receive. We only received once, it was the Mayotte club. It was very important, especially for our power supporters. receive one of the three Ligue 1 clubs at the Parc des Sports in Annecy”, rejoiced Jean-Philippe Nallet.
A gala match for which “the club is prepared” since for a few years, the Annecy people have been used to playing in front of a heated audience. Last year, Annecy played its match in Ligue 2 in a sold-out Sports Park.
“What drives us is to do everything we can to perform. We know that Toulouse is a team with talented players, it’s a formidable team”, however warned the club’s sporting director. But while waiting to be able to thrill a whole city, Annecy will have to refocus on its objective which is to maintain in Ligue 2. Currently tenth, the Annecy residents are in a good position to stay in the second division but this will go through other good results, starting with the match against Metz, Saturday at 7 p.m.