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2019/2020

FC Metz

In


Victorien Angban (mid) (Chelsea); Fabien Centoze (def) (Lens); Habib Maiga (mid) (Saint-Etienne); Mauel Cabit (def) (Ajaccio) ; Kevin N’Doram (mid) (Monaco), Thierry Ambrose (att) (Man City) (both loans)

Out


Jonathan Rivierez (sp)(def) (Caen); Oumar Gonzalez (def) (Chambly); Gauthier Hein (att) (Valenciennes), Vincent Thill (mid) (Orleans), Laurent Jans (def) (Paderborn) (all loans); Ivan Balliu (sp)(def), Emmanuel Riviere (sp)(att) (both released)

The yo-yo club of the French game over the last six years, Metz will aim to set about establishing themselves as a force in Ligue 1 over the coming campaign. Just one year in the second flight was all that was required for Frederic Antonetti to mastermind their promotion though, after he was given personal leave in the second half of the season, there was a notable downturn in their form. Antonetti remains at the club, but he is no longer in the head coach role, which has instead been given to Vincent Hognon. His previous experience includes a wretched spell in charge of Nancy and he struggled to maintain the momentum that had been built up when he took command at the start of the year. Another warning sign for the Lorraine club ahead of their assault on the top flight is that they have not made much progress in terms of strengthening their squad. Indeed, those key players who have signed on a permanent basis, including Victorien Angban and Habib Maiga, were already at the club last season on loan. Perhaps only Fabien Centonze, a right-back, arrives as a genuine upgrade. A couple of loan additions have been made. Kevin N’Doram has joined up from Monaco, but he may only add depth to the side, while forward Thierry Ambrose will be given his first crack at top-flight football on loan from Manchester City. Metz do look well stocked in the centre-forward position, with youngsters Habib Diallo and Ibrahima Niane both interesting prospects. They will have to continue their form from last season, although they are bound to be given fewer chances as wingers Opa Nguette and Farid Boulaya will surely find the going harder. In midfield, this young side will lean on the experience of Renaud Cohade, their only central midfielder older than 26, with all but two 23 or below when the season starts. There is much more experience in the defence, although here too there may be a deficit in terms of quality. Stoppila Sunzu and John Boye have both played in the top flight before, though neither centre-back has been especially successful. The same goes for goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidjia.

Target


Survival is the goal but it promises to be tough to achieve.

Season Review
2017/2018

№20: FC Metz

Metz lost their Ligue 1 status after finishing bottom of the pile in what was a quite wretched season for the Lorraine side. Having seen several key players depart at the end of the previous campaign, most notably dangerous attacker Ismaila Sarr, they made moves to bolster their attacking line by attack Emmanuel Riviere, Matthieu Dossevi and Nolan Roux to their ranks. While Dossevi and Roux actually proved to be astute purchases, that did not stop the club suffering a woeful start to the season. By the end of August, they were at the foot of the standings, having lost all of their opening four Ligue 1 matches, and by the time they lost 3-1 to Nice in early December, they had picked up a mere four points, having suffered 14 defeats in 16 games. It was no surprise, then, that head coach Philippe Hinschberger had already been handed his exit notice by the club, whose decision to appoint Frederic Hantz to the top job in October already seemed a forlorn one. Two months passed and while performances were improving, results were not getting any better. Yet in early December a 1-1 draw against Rennes sparked something of a revival for Metz, who picked up wins in four of seven games to suddenly suggest they might survive. A switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Roux playing on the left was the secret. However, an injury to Dossevi hampered their progress and the momentum was quickly lost as they went down 6-3 in an incredible game in Marseille. Opportunities were missed to close the game to their rivals in subsequent weeks, with the club’s poor home form meaning that they moved to within sight of their rivals but were never quite able to catch them. Indeed, their last home win came on January 27, when they beat Nice 2-1. It was fitting the season ended with four successive losses, particularly as they went down 4-0 to Bordeaux on the final day; it summed up just how much they struggled.


Player of the Season: Matthieu Dossevi

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