There is a clear improvement in Lorient’s play ever since winger Jouffre and forward Waris returned from injury. They haven’t scored last round against Monaco (Lorient won 3-2) but were involved in most of Lorient’s actions and delivered many key passes.
Thanks to Waris and Jouffre the overall rythm increased and all offensive players are more active. Winger Philippoteaux for example made an excellent game and delivered two assists.
It was surprising to see defender Lautoa starting only on the bench and newly arrived Toure in the lineup instead. But in the end Toure made a good game and proved to be a solid defender.
Last round Caen scored the winner only in the dying seconds of the game but they fully deserved to take all points after constantly pushing the game forward.
Coach Garande changed the system a bit and made room for Rodelin on the wing by moving Bessat in the center. Rodelin, who transferred from Lille this summer, made a great game and even scored his first goal for Caen. Bessat was not that active as usual but the overall strength definitely increased.
Caen were pretty confident in defense and there should be an improvement this round since they will welcome back defenders Da Silva and Ben Youssef who were suspended last round.
Everyone is excited about Lorient’s win away at Monaco last round, but the price on them seems a bit too low seeing that Caen looked very solid recently and confidence is also at good levels.
UPDATE: Lorient will have to do without forward Jeannot.
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Lautoa, Z.Touré, L.Koné, Bellugou, Le Goff – Guerreiro, Philippoteaux, Abdullah, Ndong, Mo.Fofana, Barthelmé, Jouffre – Moukandjo, Waris, Al.Traoré
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Alhadhur, A.Yahia, Imorou, Da Silva, S.Ben Youssef – Seube, Adéoti, Leborgne, Féret, Nkololo, Bessat – Rodelin, Louis, Delort, Bazile