"Granville dreamed of playing against OM"

01 mar 2016
Par 
Camille Daurès
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OM.net
Journalist for Ouest-France, Nicolas Skopinski follows Granville, CFA2 club, to the championships. For OM.net, he covers the quarter finals against OM, discusses the excitement that surrounds this event and gives news of Clément Daoudou, who was attacked after Granville's qualification for the quarter finals.

- Granville is the underdog of the competition. How does the club handle this status?
"There are two things. They are proud and happy to have achieved this status but, along with this, they are afraid of a hard landing. Matthias Jouan has already had a similar experience with Quevilly. He advises his teammates to remain calm. The Coupe de France is just smoke and mirrors. They are not ready for such exposure. The President declared: "Granville does not write its history." They don't want to see themselves as being too good."

- How are the players preparing for this game? Have some things changed?
"Inevitably. First, they will play in Caen, where quite a few players were trained, including Robin Theault. Granville's coach, Johan Gallon, also played in Caen. They look forward to being there. It is almost a bonus for them. They are organizing a gala match. What's more, OM is a special club. 5-6 players come from Bouches-du-Rhône. They are great fans. They dreamed of playing against OM.
"They will have some time out in Bayeux, and they are not used to this."

- How are they approaching their game with OM?
"The club is learning to deal with media attention, but the club also wants to protect its players. The club's leadership has asked the media to avoid calling on the players. There will be a press conference, which is very rare. The players have a lot of motivation and enthusiasm. They had been waiting to go against a big club for several rounds, including OM!

- Is the Coupe de France a goal for the club?
"At first, both Presidents, Fabrice Clément and Dominique Gortari, wanted a nice performance. This would have meant reaching the top 32e, which is very good for a CFA2 club. But among the players, things were different. The main goal of the players and the coach was to reach CFA. After the victory over Dives, during 7the round (2-0), they showed a real desire to go further. The competition was taken much more seriously. They are living through a great adventure. They want to keep going."

- What are Granville's strong and weak points?
"It's a player's team with a real identity. Their coach is their strong point. For two years and a half, Johan Gallon has been working very seriously. He has a real game plan.
"Their weak point might be defence. Sometimes, they have moments of self-doubt. They have a few older players who sometimes have a hard time keeping up."

- Do the players believe in this great feat?
"They believe in it, thanks to their coach who is used to watching opponents and finding their weaknesses. They have already brought out two teams from Ligue 2, it's already quite a performance. Above all, they do not want to let in any goals for the first 20 minutes in order to buy themselves as much time as possible.

- Is it an advantage for Granville to play in Caen ?
"Playing in your region is an advantage. They will be encouraged, they will have their audience. Also, this is a CFA2 team that is used to playing in front of 800 people. There, there will be 20,000 people, it will bring some psychological pressure. It can also be difficult to manage."

- How is the city preparing for this event?
"There is a lot of enthusiasm for this match-up. All of the tickets were sold in less than 8 hours. The city has made buses available to go to Caen. There will also be giant screens available in the city to follow the game."

- How has Clément Daoudou been since his attack?
"He is much better. He is returning to training. He will give the symbolic kick-off for the game. He is a great fan of OM. Of course, he is disappointed to not be playing. He was the strong man against Bourg-en-Bresse. He motivates his teammates. They want to bear OM and give a semi-final." 

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