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Grenoble Foot 38

In


Charles Pickel (mid) (Grasshopper); Terell Ondaan (Telstar); Wille Semedo (att) (Poli Iasi); Moussa Djitte (att) (Sion); Florian Raspentino (att) (Valenciennes); Loic Nestor (def) (Valenciennes); Anthony Belmonte (mid) (Levski Sofia); Kristofer Kristinsson (Willem II); Adrien Monfray (def) (Orleans); Jonathan Tinhan (att) (Troyes), Abdel Hakim Abdallah (Troyes)

Out


Florian Sotoca (k)(att) (Lens); Francis Dady Ngoye (sp)(def) (Rodez); Nicolas Belvito (att) (Chasselay); Nathanael Dieng (def) (Rodez); Maxime Spano (sp)(def) (Valenciennes); Florian David (att) (Chambly); Malek Chergui (mid) (Valenciennes); Edwin Maanane (att) (Rodez); Ryan Sanusi (r)(mid) (Beerschot); Selim Bengriba (sp)(def) (retired); Jaba Jigauri (mid) (released)

Grenoble enjoyed a very solid return to Ligue 2 last season and are seeking to build upon that basis in the coming campaign. Although they saw a number of club stalwarts depart in the summer, including striker Nicolas Belvito and centre-back Selim Bengriba, they largely managed to restrict the number of key players to depart. Romain Grange’s loan expired and Florian Sotoca did go to join Ligue 2 rivals Lens, a blow to the attack, while Ryan Sanusi went to Beerschot in Belgium, but the damage has been relatively limited overall, allowing head coach Philippe Hinschberger to put together his full squad relatively early in the day. The club have looked abroad for many of their key signings, though they did plunder Valenciennes for attacker Florian Raspentino, a player capable of hitting double figures in goals with a fair wind behind him. Moussa Djitte will provide competition in attack after arriving from Sion in Switzerland, but it is primarily in the wide areas that they have strengthened, adding Terell Ondaan and Kristofer Kristinsson from Dutch football. Willy Semedo, meanwhile, has arrived from Poli Iasi in Greece. Charles Pickel has arrived from Grasshopper as Sanusi’s replacement, with the coach hopeful that he will get more defensive aggression from the 22-year-old with the same level of technical quality. If he can stay fit, that would be a further bonus as Sanusi spent a fair portion of last term laid up. Jessy Benet, meanwhile, missed much of last season injured after being Grenoble’s best player early on, so to have him back and partnering Youssouf M’Changama in the heart of the field is encouraging. Although Grenoble might be lacking the absolute quality of the league’s top teams, they appear to have greater strength in depth than many of their rivals – though perhaps not in the defence, particularly the wide areas. Meanwhile, they have a coach in charge who has been a success in Ligue 2 previously.

Target


Relegation should not be a significant concern for Grenoble this season, and indeed they should see somewhere between 10th and the playoffs as a par finish.

Season Review
2018/2019

№9: Grenoble Foot 38

For Grenoble to finish in the top half of the Ligue 2 standings in their first season back at that level means the campaign has to go down as an unqualified success for the Stade des Alpes club. They came into the league built from solid defensive foundations but lacking offensively, and for the first month of the season it seemed that Philippe Hinschberger’s side might struggle due to a lack of punch. A 4-2 win over Valenciennes in September, however, seemed to fuel the belief that they could be effective as an offensive force and changed the stance of the coach, who became more aggressive thereafter. A strong run of form prior to Christmas saw them climb as high as fourth in the standings. They started the second half of the campaign slowly, and though they stabilised themselves thanks to home wins over Red Star and Nancy, which ended any threat of relegation, they were never able to put together the type of run to get them back into playoff contention. No doubt that Florian Sotoca was their key offensive player, finishing the season with a very commendable 11 goals and four assists. Malek Chergui was not far behind in terms of his influence, but he had greater injury problems. Key in the midfield was Youssouf M’Changama, yet he might well have been outshone by Jessy Benet had he not suffered physically, too. There is a strong foundation in this area of the team that can be built around next term. The defence also suffered from injury concerns, like the rest of the side especially towards the end of the season. Indeed, each member of the back four and regular goalkeeper Brice Maubleu missed at least 10 matches, save Jerome Mombris, explaining why this sector of the squad was not as strong as might have been expected. There is set to be a turnover in staff during the summer, with Sotoca definitely going, but the foundation is such that if he can be effectively replaced Grenoble may be in a position to climb higher in the standings.


Player of the Season: Florian Sotoca

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