The possible descent of Saint-Étienne causes terrible anxiety among supporters of the Greens. But it’s not just them who are trembling before the last two games of the Ligue 1 regular season.
AS Saint-Étienne will play its last match of the Ligue 1 regular season this Saturday evening behind closed doors against Stade de Reims, but may still have to play a match in the Cauldron before taking a vacation. Indeed, the Greens are currently in 18th place in the standings, synonymous with a play-off against the winner of the play-offs in Ligue 2. The Stéphanois have the opportunity to return to Lorient, in the event of victory against Reims and defeat of Les Merlus in Bordeaux, but for that they will have to do without their supporters, Geoffroy-Guichard being behind closed doors following the pyrotechnic deluge against Monaco. If on the side of the Cauldron we tremble, the local economy also holds its breath, and in particular those who do business on match nights. Because even if passion still inhabits the Green People, a descent into Ligue 2 will have a considerable impact, especially for bars and restaurants in Saint-Etienne. The latter are already in apnea.
“ASSE in Ligue 2, it’s going to be a disaster”
The daily Le Progrès notably met the boss of the future brewery which is to settle in the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium when the season resumes in Ligue 1 or Ligue 2. We are due to open at the start of the Ligue 1 season. It would be stupid to start breaststroke in L2… In L1, there are good displays, it stirs up a lot of people with important matches. It’s a matter of feeling. If football is gloomy, the Stéphanois are gloomy “, explains, in the regional media Grégory Descot. Another room, but the same atmosphere, on the side of a restaurant near the Cauldron, we already fear the worst in the event of relegation to Ligue 2. If we go to Ligue 2, it will be a disaster. A match day, for our figures, is not negligible. If we go down, the staff will be reduced. The suppliers also look gray, it must be said that there are a lot of beers that are consumed on match nights “, warns the boss of the Camarguais. Pascal Dupraz and his players therefore have a responsibility that goes beyond simple football, but they know this well.