OL: After the cut, the Fenottes find a frantic pace

Wendie Renard in talks with Dzsenifer Marozsan during OL training

Wendie Renard in talks with Dzsenifer Marozsan during OL training (credit: David Hernandez)

Having taken a break for two weeks for players not concerned by the selections, OL return to the championship on Sunday. A month where the Fenottes will find the rhythm of two matches per week. With posters to negotiate well despite the absences.

We had left them with their faces closed, those of the bad days Guingamp. We found them much more smiling on Wednesday at the Décines training center. A week and a half after unfortunate no one against the Breton club, the players ofOL will find the women’s D1 on Sunday against Le Havre. An 8th day at home which should allow the Fenottes to erase the last performance but above all to fill up with confidence in this last straight line of the year. When Sonia Bompastor relished the end of the two-game-a-week streak after the win over Fleurythis lull was short-lived.

Before the winter break scheduled for December 21 following receipt of the Juventus Torino, OL will play eight games in the space of four and a half weeks. With the Paris F.C. where the PSG on the program in the championship and Zürich two times, Arsenal and Juventus Turin in Europe, the calendar promises to be more than busy and will partly determine what will happen next for theOL in 2023.

“These are important months in a season with league matches. A big month in terms of matches, whether in the league or in the Champions League. There is excitement, we want to chain matches, confessed Theo Rivrin, deputy by Sonia Bompastor after Wednesday’s session. We are quite confident in the sense that we are working well, the girls are putting intensity in the sessions so it is going well in this truce.”


8 matches including 5 posters by December 21


On Wednesday, the squad available to Camille Abilyacting for a day following the illness of the coach, was still largely amputated and the still numerous absences. If some like Endler Where Van de Donk were excused for having played again the day before with their selection, the treatment room was full. If see Damaris already being on deck with the physios can make you smile, she won’t be back before 2023, we were told. All ligament injuries (Majri, Carpenter, macario) are on the right track but currently only Dzsenifer Marozsan is able to apply in the group. This should be the case on Sunday, the German feeling “Well, she is having fun playing and has no apprehension so this comeback is good.”

Still, the return of the German is only a drop in the almost bottomless well of the list of injured. Selma Bacha and Eugenie The Sommer, who did individual work with the ball after the session, continue to treat their physical problems on the sidelines of the group. Four days before the match against Le Havre, Sonia Bompastor therefore does not know what the forces at her disposal will be. It’s the evil that touches theOL since the start of the season and the truce has mainly served to heal physical but also mental wounds after a complicated first part of the season on many points.

“During the breaks, we try to individualize the working sessions as much as possible. We insist a lot on that, continued Theo Rivrin. To work on the key points on each player, whether on physical or mental preparation or on tactical or technical dominance. It’s good that we are playing on Sunday, it gives time to prepare for this match in the best possible way.”

Against Le Havre, “a team that works well with players and a rather well-oiled game system”the Fenottes want to create a good dynamic but not only accounting. “A dynamic of victories but also a dynamic with interesting content to work calmly and with confidence. These are matches that the girls can’t wait to play.” When the weakness of opponents in the league was pointed out in recent years to find motivation, Wendie’s teammates Fox have a month of posters to contend with. Eight games for a final push before hoping to be able to find all the injured after the winter break.

OL: After the cut, the Fenottes find a frantic pace