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FC Lorient. Régis Le Bris: “We can do a lot more than adding talent” – FC Lorient



Ligue 1 (1st day). Stade Rennais – FC Lorient, Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

Starting in Rennes, isn’t that quite a symbol for you?

In any case, there is an attachment to this club where I spent nine years as a player, first at the training center then as a professional. Then, I worked there for eight years as an educator. So, it’s more of a little wink that I really appreciate than starting in this club that I know and for which I have a lot of affection and esteem. I’m happy to go.

You are from Pont-l’Abbé, is that where you started playing football?

I was born in Pont-l’Abbé, but I lived in Plonéour-Lanvern, which is the crossroads of the Bigouden country! I made my debut there with my brothers, one is younger than me by a year, and the second by four years. My first memories are the football games played at home. We played there from morning to evening, apart, of course, from the school part which bothered us (laughs). It started there, in the family setting, before playing in a club at Plonéour-Lanvern, where other players started like (the goalkeeper) Eric Loussouarn. I then migrated to Quimper for two years, before going to Rennes, very quickly, at 14 years old.

Christian Gourcuff brought you to FC Lorient. How has he influenced your view of football?

What struck me the most during my first immersion in the pro group for my arrival was Christian Gourcuff’s sensitivity to the relationship between players. He is known for his 4-4-2, even a certain form of aesthetics of the game, but me, what I perceived in that intimacy, at that moment, was the connection between the players , technical, operational. I also had this sensitivity, maybe that’s why it matched from our first meeting. In any case, it exacerbated it in me. Much more can be done than adding individual talents to associations. So, it’s something that I nurture on a daily basis, both when I was in training and for six weeks with professionals.

Can you tell us about your game project?

The idea of ​​associating – of playing as a team – seems very important to me. We have a project in defense placed to collectively succeed in protecting our goal against Rennes this weekend, to recover the ball and then use this ball to hurt the Rennes defense. Of course, this project will turn around a zone defense. 4-4-2 is an important option – not unique or dogmatic, relied upon. Then, in the use of the ball, the concept of cooperation has an important value, because it is a collective game.

Do you have any team, club, or management models?

I have visited many clubs for ten years. There are inspiring models everywhere, not just in football, like the Paloise rugby section, especially from the point of view of organization and management. I am very curious about all emerging football. Like a whole generation of coaches, I was very marked by Barça from 2008-2012. I liked Sassuolo, Dortmund, Liverpool. I watch City, Chelsea or the Sevilla of Lopetegui or Emery. Whenever there is football with a personality and a style, I want to know more. It does not copy and paste in my methodology, but it enriches a thought that can emerge at any time.

Can FC Lorient continue in the long term to bring out young people capable of integrating, for example, the France U23 team (Claude-Maurice, Guendouzi, Meslier, Le Fée)?

It is our desire to create these conditions so that players can emerge. The ambition is to get even more out of it, but if we are able to reproduce players like those you have just mentioned, everyone will be happy. Me first. I believe that we can do even better and I think that it is the will of everyone here to achieve this.

What place can FC Lorient – with its specific constraints – occupy in the landscape of French football?

If we stick to economic data, we belong to a club volume between the 12th and 13th budget and the five-six best in Ligue 2. Even if that fits into the equation, we only come down to economic data. We were able to be 7th, 8th, but also to go down in Ligue 2. We can be excellent if we rely on our strengths – our collective game, our cooperation, our ability to work together -, but that doesn’t happen. not decree and it is worked on a daily basis. So it’s our identity that we have to strengthen. If we believe in it and if we are able to deploy it, including in the most difficult periods, we can play a more than asserted role in this Ligue 1.

Ultimately, what are your personal ambitions?

Dreams are important. That’s what I tell the players. It is a daily driving force. What I like to do is high level football. The high level can be achieved in Ligue 2 or in the Champions League. Sometimes, there are Ligue 1 or Champions League clubs, where, on a daily basis, we don’t play at a high level because there are a lot of brakes, with players who don’t want to be the. Also, the high level is not always where you think: it is in the adhesion, the belief in a collective project. And if it happens in Lorient for many years, I would be happy to do it. If it happens elsewhere and no longer in Lorient, there may be a decision to be made. Today, I don’t have a career plan, like I haven’t had so far.

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