The former captain of the Greens, who only played for ASSE in his career for 17 years, is clear about the difference in talent and resources between OL and Saint-Etienne.
How does this derby look for the Stéphanois?
LOÏC PERR IN. When you lose five games in a row, inevitably, it turns out badly. Afterwards, it’s the kind of match that can click. The Greens have little to lose. Because, for years, Saint-Etienne has never been the favorite of a derby. Even when we won it, it wasn’t. Lyon is scheduled to play the Champions League. Not ASSE. At some point, you have to be lucid.
Should we be worried about ASSE this season?
Despite a good start, we had to remain lucid. When you change so many players in a team, it’s no secret: it takes time for it to work. I don’t know if that’s the official goal, but Saint-Etienne must first ensure good support this season. It is not Guy Roux but lucidity.
Wouldn’t a sixth loss this Sunday be one too many?
It’s Lyon opposite! A club that has three times the budget than us. In addition, this team has returned to its level for a few weeks. Frankly, the pressure of the derby is always more on Lyon which is, on paper, better. So forced to win every time. When Saint-Etienne wins, it’s a feat. When it’s OL, it’s almost logical and normal. Saint-Etienne supporters are more likely to forgive a defeat provided that the values of combativeness have been respected.
Will this derby in an empty stadium have the same flavor?
Not exactly. The derby, we can feel it a week before the match with the pressure from the supporters in training and then with the stadium full. There, it will have nothing to do with it. The derby is noise. There, it will be a tasteless derby.
What is your worst memory of a derby?
One that I did not play and that I experienced in the stands. Our loss at home (0-5) in 2017. It was an ordeal. On a seat, it’s even worse to live. That day, nothing was right. An absolute disaster. Everything was against us.
And the best?
Each victory is a great memory because we really make people happy. I remember the victory in 2010 at Gerland (0-1) in the 100th derby. We kind of went down in history that day. Besides, it was a miracle to win this game. Frankly, we didn’t deserve it. I also remember our first victory at Geoffroy-Guichard in 2014 (3-0) where, there, we had a great match. Only the derby can give so much happiness to the supporters.
Has the atmosphere become unhealthy around this match?
Ah yes. It is no longer a game and we have moved on to hatred between supporters. On the pitch, this is less the case because players have already played together elsewhere. I have the example of Bafétimbi Gomis, my friend since I was 12 who then played in Lyon. He’s always been my mate. We were just 90 minutes opponents but I could never have hated him under the pretext that it was the derby.
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