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Soccer. The fate of FC Lorient in Ligue 1 in the hands of novice Régis Le Bris

After two close matches, FC Lorient is preparing to return to Ligue 1 in a few days with a first match against Rennes on August 7 at Roazhon Park. To hope to maintain itself, the club has chosen to place Régis Le Bris on the bench. The new coach of Les Merlus is a confirmed trainer and cantor of an attractive game. Enough to withstand a perilous Ligue 1 season?

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Several times at the bottom of the hole in the last two seasons, saved in 2021 by a return to home phase and in 2022 by the poor form of their direct opponents, the Hakes fear a new season on the wire, especially since 4 clubs have to drop out in June.

Nothing to impress Régis Le Bris: “I like the risk, I’m comfortable with it“, assured the 46-year-old coach to the press when he left the management of the Lorient training center and the reserve at the end of June to sign a three-year contract at the head of the first team.

We appointed someone ambitious, for the club, for the team, for the players, and I wanted this ambition.”

Loic Fery

President of FC Lorient

It’s not a bet“, insisted President Loïc Féry. “We appointed someone ambitious, for the club, for the team, for the players, and I wanted this ambition“.
Behind this nomination, there is perhaps also the idea that the stakes do not necessarily take precedence over the game.“, he added, while Lorient, the worst attack in L1 with 35 goals, rarely thrilled its supporters last season.

Born in Finistère and trained in Rennes, Régis Le Bris had a short professional career as a full-back in Rennes, Laval and Belgium, before changing hats at the age of 27 to devote himself to training.

First in Wasquehal (Nord) then again for 8 years in Rennes, where he also completed a doctorate in physiology and biomechanics as well as a DU in mental preparation, before joining Lorient in 2012, in collaboration with coach Christian Gourcuff.

We worked together for two years. I tried to capitalize on this Lorient identity, while bringing my sensitivity“, he explained. He drew three key words from it: intensity, cooperation and adaptation. Thus, he retains a preference for the 4-4-2 dear to Gourcuff, while promising to prepare alternatives to be applied in depending on opponents and situations.”I am not dogmatic“, he repeats.

At the lower levels, his method paid off: under his leadership, the young people of Rennes then Lorient multiplied the trophies and the Merlus reserve finished 2nd in their group of N2 (4th division) last season, the best ranking to this echelon among its L1 counterparts.

Going up a notch, Régis Le Bris has chosen to keep his reserve assistants, Jean-Marie David and Erwann Le Postec, and to add to them the German Ingo Goetze, in charge of the personal and mental development of the players.

I would like this team to make everyone happy.”

Regis le Bris

FC Lorient coach

Without denying the transition game put in place by Christophe Pélissier, coach from 2019 to 2022, he aims to put in place “a game that will be made of relationships. I would like this team to make everyone happy“.

For this, the technician, for example, gave free rein this summer to the young attacking midfielder Enzo Le Fée, the local child he saw growing up at the training center, repositioned higher.

For his debut in the elite, fate has reserved for him a return to his roots in Rennes on August 7. A “wink“, smiles the interested party, whose speech both humble and ambitious recalls those of Julien Stéphan or Franck Haise, spent in recent years with panache from a reserve to the first team (respectively in Rennes and Lens).

The Lensois coach is also a friend, with whom he worked at Stade Rennes and FC Lorient. The latter considers him ready to take up the challenge. “He already has a very rich career, he has been coaching for 20 years“, explains Haise to AFP. “And he’s a very bright person, who has a lot of ideas both about the game and about people. I really don’t doubt his success.“.

In search of new benchmarks, the Lorient people are chaining friendly matches to best prepare for the resumption of league 1. On Sunday August 7, at 5 p.m., the Hakes will face Stade Rennais at Roazhon Park.

On Wednesday July 27 in Inzinzac-Lochrist, FC Lorient won in a friendly against Châteauroux, a National club, with a score of 2 goals to 1.

They will face AC Ajaccio at 5 p.m. at Moustoir for their last preparation match. The Hakes currently have a record of 2 wins and 2 losses in preparation matches.

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