There is, in Lorraine, an Antonetti effect. With Frédéric Antonetti on the bench, Metz is indeed working at full capacity. Unbeaten in 2021 despite a few injured executives, the Lorraine club has only been beaten once in its last ten outings – in Rennes on December 23 (1-0) – and it has notably dominated OL in the Rhône (1-0) mid-January. Obviously, the Corsican coach has a career in line with his good years: 8th with Nice (2006), twice 6th with Rennes (2011 and 2012) and 5th place with Lille (2016).
Frédéric Antonetti has the particularity of not having physically returned to the helm of Metz until mid-October, after having accompanied Véronique, his wife for 23 months after a long illness.
A promise to his wife
“It’s private, but I had promised my wife that it was my last contract,” he said on Friday, seized by a rush of emotion. I told the president (Editor’s note: Bernard) Serin that I could get the club up in L1 and stabilize it between 8th and 14th place. It would be pretentious to say that I can get past 8th place. But we can be there regularly and have a go from time to time… ”At the end of the contract in June, the Corsican, who still lives in the hotel, is moving towards an extension of his contract in Moselle.
“I have changed a lot, unfortunately,” says the former Canal + consultant. I am more in the transmission and less in the performance. I no longer reason with three games. I do not read any articles or watch any programs. I only take care of FC Metz and the match we are going to play. “
“Our club is different from those through which it has been, such as Nice or Lille, which are in an immediate logic of results, specifies Philippe Gaillot, deputy general manager. By coming here, he placed himself in a perspective of development and construction of the players. And the club too, because it helps us to take steps. “
He knows how to talk to players and help them progress
Gaillot praises Antonetti’s qualities: “He is an extremely competent coach in all areas. From recruitment to team management, including training and direct relations with the players. What often impresses me is the clarity with which things are presented and his ability to convey to each player what they have to do and what everyone around them is going to do. What is difficult to convey, for example, is how to position oneself to both be available and advance the game. However, he teaches players to put themselves in a situation to play better, smarter and faster. With it, the player, almost without realizing it, changes his positioning, better understands what will happen to him before receiving the ball and what will happen next. “
“He is a technically very fine coach,” testifies Fabien Centonze, a 25-year-old right side in full rise. In training, he stops the game to take you back to the placement or orientation of a race. “
“Left with a blank sheet in a traumatized club”
“What I’m most proud of is that I started with a blank slate when I arrived three years ago,” says Antonetti. I arrived in a traumatized club, still in Ligue 2 18 months ago. We didn’t have a lot of money and a lot of players were leaving, like Niakhaté or Dossevi. “
The Garnets are in time for a European qualification, which has eluded them for more than 20 years (1998-99). “You have to be realistic, tempers the coach. 4 or 5 places are taken, and we still have 4 or 5 competitors in front of us. However, of the nine teams which are superior to us, we can perhaps leave three behind us but six, I do not know… That we arrive there a year, why not. “
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