What should we remember from the first friendly match against Ajaccio?

What should we remember from the first friendly match against Ajaccio?


With its eight recruits for the month of June, SM Caen version 2022-2023 offered a first prestigious victory against AC Ajaccio thanks to a penalty obtained by Hugo Vandermersch and transformed by Alexandre Mendy (1-0, 15′). The meeting was not broadcast but Weed inside was present in Deauville and summarizes what there was to remember from this first outing.

🙂 We liked…

  • The state of mind of the first half hour

The organizations quickly fired, and for a first preparation match, it was expected. But before that, the Caennais showed conquering intentions with a fairly high pressing and authority in the duels. Diani and Daubin aggressive in recovery, Court useful with his technique and passing quality, the pistons available, the attackers concerned… SM Caen went ahead. If it is too early to ask them to maintain such a level of intensity over 90 minutes, achieving this as early as August would be excellent news for the supporters… and for the classification.

  • The promises of Godson Kyeremeh

During that first half hour, he was the most prominent offensive player. Stirring, hard-hitting, able to get into the heart of the game as well as to take the depth, where he was several times served by Hugo Vandermersch, the former Annecy presented a sample of the palette which enchanted the National last year. last. His responsibilities won’t be the same depending on whether or not the club bring in a new striker to replace Nuno Da Costa, but the number 17 has scored points for his return to Normandy. He seems to have the qualities to evolve as a free electron in support of the attacker.

  • Quentin Daubin’s smile

With his broad shoulders, his Viking beard and his lumberjack look, the former Palois is far from the slender silhouette of Johann Lepenant, whom he comes to replace numerically in front of the defense. Present in the duels, often well placed and not stingy with effort when the game required to project forward, the best tackler in Ligue 2 offered a consequent slaughter for his first opposition in red and blue. The character he showed in his races and his interventions should also prove interesting for the future.

  • Bilal Brahimi’s point of view

Although it is hard to get ahead with only half an hour of play, Bilal Brahimi managed to do it with style. Available, omnipresent and inspired by the ball, the designated replacement for Jessy Deminguet flew over the end of the match and scored points. The former Dunkirk seems comfortable with the ball and asks to be seen again for more than just half an hour against a dull opponent.

But also :

– the complete squad review carried out by Stéphane Moulin, who used his 21 outfield players

– the confirmation of Yoann Court in the midfielder, where he definitely seems more comfortable and more valuable than on one side

– the return of Caleb Zady Sery to a field, whose season ended with injury in February

– the application of Djibril Diani and Johann Obiang

– the Kappa home jersey, even more beautiful worn than in the photo

🙁 We liked less…

  • The scheme with three exchanges and two collectors

With a hinge of three protected by two professional defensive midfielders and a Yoann Court more relay than 10, the team concocted by Stéphane Moulin had the merit of being well in place. However, she may have seemed cautious as soon as the Corsicans set foot on the ball, against an opponent who was not very attracted to the goal. The entries of Bilal Brahimi and Caleb Zady Sery, covered by the only Iyad Mohamed, made it possible to rebalance a match that the Caennais suffered more and more. With an additional attacking profile in the heart of the game, the Malherbistes got their foot on the ball again and quickly became dangerous again. Better exploited and more vertical, the ball progressed thanks to the combinations between Brahimi and Abdi and the individual exploits of Zady Sery.

  • Phases of possession that are too sterile

Recurring badly for several seasons despite the changes of technicians, the difficulty of the Caennais to make their possession phases bear fruit was found yesterday. The penalty was obtained after a set piece, and the situations created were on counterattacks. Of course, the automatisms still have time to be worked on and Stéphane Moulin himself underlined the lack of binding between the line of attack and the middle, positioned quite low. Awaited every year since its descent by the majority of Ligue 2 residents who see it as a big player in the championship, the SMC will often find themselves in this configuration facing low blocks ready to spring up against. So get ready for it now.

  • A complicated start for Anthony Mandrea and Romain Thomas

Little used throughout the match and supplemented by Johann Obiang on his line for the only real opportunity for the Corsicans, Anthony Mandrea did not have a difficult stop to make. He took the opportunity to communicate a lot with his outfield players. But with imprecise kicking and several hesitations on his outings, including a badly negotiated outside his area which earned him a yellow card, the former Angevin still has to fine-tune a few settings. The same goes for Romain Thomas, his former partner at the SCO. Impeccable in the air from the top of his 93 meter, the Norman captain sometimes found himself in difficulty behind his back and was feverish when he returned from the locker room during the Ajaccio highlight. Don’t worry, there are still three weeks of preparation and four friendlies to find the rhythm and get the bearings.

But also :

– the few dangerous situations for Alex Mendy

– the 15 short minutes disputed by Norman Bassette and Mohamed Hafid

– the positions of Lamine Sy in right axial and Noé Lebreton in right piston

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