There will not be many people in the night from Monday to Tuesday at Octeville-sur-Mer airport to welcome the players from Le Havre who will be returning from Annecy. A little because the landing is scheduled around 4 a.m., but above all because the HAC, whatever its result in Haute-Savoie, cannot be officially promoted to Ligue 1.
Metz’s victory at home against Grenoble (1-0) on Saturday brought the Lorraine region to six points behind the Normans in the standings. Unsurprisingly for Luka Elsner, the Le Havre coach: “It was easy to see that Metz was not going to drop points. Anyway, we play for us. We don’t expect anything from our opponents. »
Annecy in slow motion for four matches
The objective of the Slovenian technician will be to keep his group under pressure at the Parc des Sports in Annecy. To bring back a positive result to afford the possibility of a match point Monday, May 22, at home, against Valenciennes. “There is a very positive wave in the locker room, a good atmosphere. Partly because of our last two matches, in Caen (2-1) and against Rodez (1-0)where the content was very satisfying”, adds Elsner.
If they hardly ever talk about it, Le Havre players will also have another source of motivation. That of the absolute record of invincibility in the entire history of French football, L1 and L 2 combined. With a 33rd match in a row without defeat on Monday evening, Le Havre would overtake Sedan (1954-1955 over two seasons in D2) and FC Nantes champion of France 1994-1995.
This will require resisting Annecy, in bad shape with four games in a row without a win, 18th and relegated. Laurent Guyot, the Annecy coach, expects a total commitment from his troops: “It doesn’t matter who is in front of us. It’s the home straight, you have to go there head down. And I can guarantee that it will be necessary to step on us to p us. »