Football - FC Lorient: The recipe for success with an African twist

Football - FC Lorient: The recipe for success with an African twist

Surprisingly second at the beginning of the season in Ligue 1, FC Lorient has individual talents on each line in a well-oiled collective led by the French coach, Régis le Bris.

They finished 16th the last two seasons in Ligue 1, following their promotion, so Lorient was well on its way to playing for survival once again. The Merlus are still playing it because the season is still long. It is the first time in its history that the club from Lorient is on the podium of the French soccer elite after only 10 games. Régis Le Bris has achieved the best start of a French coach at this stage with 25 points.

Second best attack of Ligue 1 behind PSG (21 goals - equal with Montpellier), Lorient relies on a Terem Moffi in form already author of 8 goals that is to say more than his best last season.

But he is not alone. One of the revelations of the last African Cup of Nations, Dango Ouattara, has shown himself to the public of the French championship. The 20 year old Burkinabe is an indisputable starter for Lorient this season, after a few appearances during the last season. Flourishing in the pleasant direct game of his team, Dango Ouattara already has 4 goals and 5 assists this season. He should play again this Saturday against Troyes after his suspension against Brest.

If it is prolific in front, the defense of Lorient is not in rest even if there is better in Ligue 1. The recruitment of Tunisian Montassar Talbi (24 years) is a good deal so far. Talbi is a key figure in the back line and rarely lets himself be fooled in his anticipation and reading of the game. In addition to being one of the strongest defenders in the league, the former player of the Russian club Rubin Kazan is a good example of his quality of recovery in a team that is no longer satisfied with simply taking the game.

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