Lorient must 'learn to walk again'
FC Lorient's new coach Bernard Casoni is in no doubt as to where his team must improve if they are to get out of their current predicament.
Casoni, 55, takes the Bretons to the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Saturday to face FC Metz as he looks to claim a first win at the helm. His first match in charge ended in a 3-0 defeat at home to a rampant AS Monaco last weekend and that game confirmed to him that his team need to do better defensively if they are to climb the table.
"We need to get back to basics, learn to walk again before we start to run," said Casoni, the former Olympique de Marseille defender appointed to replace the sacked Sylvain Ripoll. "This team has been conceding two goals a game for a year and a half now. We let in three against Monaco from eight chances. We need to get our defensive solidity back."
Casoni's discourse might jar with some given Lorient's reputation for playing attractive football over the years under Christian Gourcuff and Ripoll. But he is faced with the reality that Les Merlus need to start climbing the table, and quickly. They have collected just one point from their last six games and are already five points from safety.
"Of course we still want to play good football but we mustn't forget to put on the safety catch," added the former AJ Auxerre coach, who wants the older members of his squad to step up in this time of adversity. "I want to use experienced guys to get us moving. The youngsters are still learning but I will watch them and they will get their chance."