On the program for the 10th day of Ligue 2 this Saturday afternoon, Saint-Étienne receives Grenoble. And this time, the Greens will once again be able to count on their supporters at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium. The club has just played four matches without an audience, behind closed doors, following the excesses that occurred on May 29, the evening of the club’s relegation to Ligue 2. ASSE had also received a 3-point penalty.
The club, which today is not very well ranked, is showing encouraging signs. And one thing is certain: at 3 p.m., the Cauldron should be boiling again.
20,000 people expected
The public should come in large numbers this Saturday afternoon to Geoffroy-Guichard. An influx of more than 20,000 people is announced for this reunion between the Greens and their supporters. Fans deprived of matches since the start of the season because of the suspension imposed by the Football League. As a result, finally returning to the stadium is happiness for the fans.
“I can’t wait, as if it were my first time. A part of myself is missing, let’s say. I live for Saint-Étienne, we have green blood, we’re just waiting for that”, testifies a supporter. “It feels good. I hope it will go well and that the supporters will behave properly anyway and that there will be victory at the end”, confides supporter.
“It’s a date that I had checked off for a long time”
“It’s a date that I had checked off for a long time. I was there for the last game. I’m very happy to return to the stadium, even if it’s in the second division. I don’t imagine at all that It’s going badly, I think we’re starting on new bases. We have a new team and we are necessarily with the group. We are fully with them, “he smiles.
Supporters who want their players to give their all, from the start of the match. A pressure that the new recruit, midfielder Victor Lobry considers very positive. “Inevitably, when we sign here, we look at when the supporters are going to come back… So we’ve been thinking about it for a while. We would have liked to be a little better ranked too to welcome them but hey, it can to be only a support I think, it can only push us”, he affirms.
Support that the Greens will need to win, they who are 18th in the standings, still, after nine days, in a relegation position.