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Ligue 1: with Dall'Oglio, Brest new
The coach of the Stade Brest, Olivier Dallâ € ™ Oglio, after the victory in friendly match against Nantes on July 26 (1-0). LOIC VENANCE / AFP

"I know that Brittany is a football ground. It's also what attracted me. AT" A few months after being sacked by a club, the Dijon FCO, which he had worn for six seasons, Olivier Dallâ € ™ Oglio did not sulk his pleasure: the Coach has found a bench, and a challenge to his measure. Named at the head of the first team of Stade Brest, who finds the elite after six years in Ligue 2, the 55-year-old technician will have the same mission as everyone else. the clubs promoted, each season, in Ligue 1, play the maintenance.

Arrived at the end of May in the place of Jean-Marc Furlan, the coach who offered the climb to Brest before going to try the same bet on the side of Auxerre, Dallâ € ™ Oglio returns in the footsteps of his career as a footballer. Passed by Stade Rennes between 1993 and 1996, where he had the first two French divisions, the player had to reconsider his situation, because of a cruciate ligament injury. After Alès, Troyes, Nîmes and Dijon, here he is back in Brittany.

"When I arrived, I explained to the players how I worked, which is in continuity with that of Jean-Marc Furlan: I told them to have fun. And I added my tactical touch. (â € |) It's been years since we were not in Ligue 1, we will go in all humility, but it is sure that we are aiming at the maintenance. " , advance there. The Stade Brest had already passed a head in the elite, from 2010 to 2013, before falling back to the lower echelon, where he lived before the arrival. Jean-Marc Furlan, in May 2016.

Two seasons later, the little promoted returned to the big leagues. A new challenge for Dallâ € ™ Oglio: "Unlike Dijon, this club has a history. Now we will have to grow it. AT"

The Dijon experience in support

For this, Dallâ € ™ Oglio can count on his experience in Burgundy. Voted Best League 2 Coach by France Football in 2014, he obtained a first historic rise for the club in Ligue 1 in 2016. And pocketed in the wake of the UNFP trophy of the best coach of Ligue 2. The following season, Dijon ends at a very nice eleventh place, Dallâ € ™ Oglio is like at home, until the exit of road in 2018.

Dijon, however, begins the championship on top, three successes in three games, goals scored and zero conceded, and even offers the luxury of the podium behind the ogre of PSG for a few days. "These results were wrong, we had a hard time on our friendlies and, on the other hand, we were lucky in the beginning. championship, says Dallâ € ™ Oglio. Nice and Montpellier, which we beat, were not in their place. They went looking for the European Championships, not the bottom of the table like us. AT"

It does not last. At the truce, the Burgundians are already in position of barrages. A place that does not forgive: December 31, Dallâ € ™ Oglio is sacked. Under the leadership of Antoine Kombouaré, Dijon will finish 18e and will save himself in extremis, after a dam won against RC Lens.

"We were a small Ligue 1 club that was wrong in recruiting, admits the coach. We made two or three mistakes on players who had to be executives and have not been. When things go wrong, we blow up the coach, it's like that. I'm just sorry I did not finish the job. AT" The team losing confidence, pressure from the media, the ups and downs, Dallâ € ™ Oglio knew all that. "You know, it's also football: one day it's back, the other one hits the bar and it stands out. AT"

A very good preparation in Brest

So far, with Brest, she's coming back. In four friendlies, the Bretons have won so much against Lorient, Nancy, Rennes and Guingamp. "It's very encouraging, recognizes the coach. These are just preparatory matches, but they prove that you can compete with Ligue 1 clubs. The team has shown a good state of mind, of course. envy and solidarity. AT"

During the summer, Dallâ € ™ Oglio put on a defensive refocus: "The highlight of Brest is the attack. When I arrived, I set about building defensively. In the first weeks, we did a lot of athletic and tactical work in this area. AT" The results of friendly matches seem to prove him right: six goals scored against two cashed. Brest can also count on a "Very interesting recruitment", with the arrival of Samuel Grandsir, including (loaned by Monaco), and young players "Able to titillate Ligue 1".

At the head of one of the smaller budgets of Ligue 1 with 30 million euros, the coach knows that his resources will be found elsewhere. "I'm confident about what I saw in preparation, everyone looks in the same direction, that of the maintenance, says Dallâ € ™ Oglio. To have lived it, I know that it's difficult, it takes a big mind, but Brest has the means. And we will have an audience to support us. AT" The stadium Francis-Le Blà © will have the opportunity to live up to the expectations of his new coach, from the first day, Saturday, August 10, with the reception of Toulouse FC .

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