RC Strasbourg

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Round 38

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2021/2022

RC Strasbourg

In


Karol Fila (def) (Gdansk); Kevin Gameiro (att) (Valencia); Lucas Perrin (def) (Marseille); Jean-Eudes Aholou (mid) (Monaco, loan)

Out


Mohamed Simakan (k)(def) (RB Leipzig); Stefan Mitrovic (sp)(def) (Getafe); Adrien Lebeau (mid) (Mannheim); Ismael Aaneba (def) (Sochaux); Lionel Carole (sp)(def) (Kayserispor); Idriss Saadi (att) (Bastia); Kevin Zohi (att) (Vizela); Lamine Kone (def) (released); Moataz Zemzemi (mid) (Niort);

Strasbourg are trying to re-establish themselves as a Ligue 1 club after a torrid period that saw them go bankrupt. Historically, they are a top-flight team and they certainly have a passionate support to justify that. Indeed, they were one of the teams that most seemed to suffer due to a lack of fans last season and having the supporters back this time around will be very welcome. They will have a new coach in the dugout, meanwhile, with Julien Stephan taking over. He largely did an excellent job in Rennes, although he left last season after a very disappointing period of form. Racing have cut their squad numbers and that has meant losing some first-team starters. Most important among these is defender Mohamed Simakan, who had been absent due to injury since January in any case. Stefan Mitrovic, Lionel Carole, Frederic Guilbert and Lamine Kone have all also departed a defence that is much changed. Strasbourg have not replaced these players yet. Karol Fila has been added over the summer, with the Pole coming from Lechia Gdansk and Lucas Perrin has arrived, but this is an area that they will seek to strengthen in the days ahead. If they cannot, they could be in trouble. Changes are fewer in the midfield, where Jean-Eudes Aholou has returned on loan. Ibrahima Sissoko will be a key figure in this sector, as will Adrien Thomasson in an attacking capacity. Where Strasbourg do have good options is the centre-forward role, aided by the arrival of Kevin Gameiro from Valencia. He is a player who is better than Strasbourg can expect to have given their standing, even allowing for his veteran status. It is easy to see him forming a capable partnership with Habib Diallo or Ludovic Ajorque, while Strasbourg also have Majeed Waris and the promising Moise Sahi Dion in reserve.

Target


Strasbourg’s season hinges on their recruitment in defence. They will aim for more comfortable survival than last season, though.

Season Review
2020/2021

№15: RC Strasbourg

Strasbourg flirted dangerously with relegation for much of the season and going into the last game of the campaign were one of a number of teams still under threat from being dragged into the playoffs. Thierry Laurey’s men had been one of the most disappointing sides in the early weeks of the season, yet they were perhaps the most adversely effected by Covid. A significant cluster appeared in their squad in pre-season, which hampered their preparations and left them very short of fitness going into the campaign. It was little surprise, then, that they were in the relegation zone after 12 matches, having lost nine of their opening 11. Laurey might have been the subject of much criticism from his own fans but he slowly turned the situation around, though they were never quite able to shake off the threat of the drop until the last kick of the season. Ludovic Ajorque was clearly their outstanding player as he scored 16 goals in 36 games but also played a key linking role with others, notably Habib Diallo, whose debut season was hampered by niggling injuries. In the midfield, Adrien Thomasson had a hot-and-cold season, while a lack of goal scorer in that area otherwise meant there was a huge impetus on the forwards to find the net. Defensively, Strasbourg were troubled by a long-term injury to Mohamed Simakan, who was their best defender, while Kenny Lala’s mid-season departure meant for an awkward transitional period on the right as Frederic Guilbert bedded in. In the heart of the defence, there was a lack of consistency in selection, while outstanding goalkeeper Matz Sels missed much of the season and never reached his peak level. This was a testing season for Strasbourg, who will see the talented Julien Stephan take over as coach next term.


Player of the Season: Ludovic Ajorque

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