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2020/2021

Rodez AF

In


Alan Kerouedan (mid) (Rennes); Malaly Dembele (att) (Nancy); Remy Boissier (mid) (Le Mans); Jordan Leborgne (mid) (Guingamp); Daouda Gueye (att) (Bourges); Johann Obiang (def) (Le Puy); Theo Guivarch (gk) (Guingamp); Boris Mathis (att) (Villefranche, loan end)

Out


Bart Straalman (def) (Grenoble); Edwin Maanane (att) (Concarneau); Dorian Caddy (sp)(att) (Laval); Mathieu Guerbert (sp)(mid) (Gazelec); Arthur Desmas (k)(gk) (Clermont); Corentin Jacob (mid) (SC Lyon)

Rodez comfortably avoided relegation last season but much of that owed to a terrific start they made to the campaign. From the middle of September to the end of the campaign, they won only three matches, though their fortunes did improve after the winter break, largely because of a high volume of draws. Nevertheless, it was a successful campaign for Laurent Peyrelade’s side, who had largely been together since the fourth division, with the coach awarded a new deal until 2023. Over the course of the transfer window to date, they have not lost any players who might have been considered essential to their starting XI, with the exception of goalkeeper Arthur Desmas. Indeed, the size of their squad has increased, with the depth of the squad improved down the spine. There is little room for superstars in this set up, with the players still doing their own washing of their gear, even before the time of COVID-19. Their focus is on the collective, with team spirit key in securing points. With that in mind, they need their new arrivals to buy into what the club are doing, which can only happen if they come with the right attitude. Most have played at this level previously, with Malaly Dembele and Jordan Leborgne and Johann Obiang arriving with genuine experience. Meanwhile, coach Peyrelade has promised an “evolution” of his side. He has used the summer months to try and drill different systems into his players, allowing them to switch formation based on their opposition. He has also successfully assembled his squad – as of early-August he said the team was completed – and if they can keep last season’s key attacker Ugo Bonnet, they would appear to be in a good position.

Target


Avoiding relegation is the aim and it would be surprising to see Rodez anywhere else in the table other than scrapping against the drop.

Season Review
2020/2021

№15: Rodez AF

Rodez ultimately secured their place in Ligue 2 next season with some to spare, although it was tight in the end as they failed to win any of their last nine matches of the season – drawing seven of those. Survival was their goal from the outset of the season, but there were ominous signs early in 2021 as they had picked up just a couple of victories and had a worrying tendency of throwing away leads late in games. Indeed, shortly before the halfway point of the season, they were bottom of the table amidst a run of four 1-1 draws in succession. However, it was during that period that they started to turn things around. Small tweaks were made in the starting XI, with Nassim Ouammou featuring increasingly at left wing-back and Florian David given a more prominent role in supporting Ugo Bonnet in attack. The driving force behind Rodez’s survival, though, came from their midfield. Both Remy Boissier and David Douline performed to expectations and were utterly central to their efforts. Injuries to Aurelien Tertereau and Julien Ponceau, who should have been one of their best players, were not allowed to damage the team as much as they might have been. The defence, meanwhile, benefitted from the arrival of Julien Celestine from Valmiera in early January. He was a strong performer, while Yohan Roche failed to find his level after a bout of malaria. In goal, meanwhile, Theo Guivarch arrived as first choice in the summer from Guingamp but was ultimately replaced by Lionel Mpasi, who did a solid job. Rodez built a well-balanced squad designed for survival, and despite being tested by injury issues responded well to that challenge. Doubtless they will approach next season with similar aims.


Player of the Season: Remy Boissier

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