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FOOTBALL – Antoine Mücke: “It’s still a full season”

The coach of RC Salouël-Saleux (D2), suspended, witnessed his team’s defeat (1-2) in the Somme Cup final against US Abbeville (R3) from the Moulonguet stand. It draws up for us the results of a season oh so exceptional, although tarnished by a missed end.

Is it a disappointment to bow this way?

There was room, but we knew once again that we were playing a team superior to us. This does not mean that we have stopped playing, quite the contrary. We may deserve more than this result, after that it’s part of football. You have to accept and bounce back as quickly as possible.

Was this cut one of your goals?

When we are engaged in a competition, we play it thoroughly. The main objective was not this, it was more the rise in D1. We made a misstep in our last game at Flesselles, so there we had the opportunity to bounce back and get a trophy to “save” the season. We did not succeed, but we must not throw everything in the trash this season. On the contrary, there are a lot of positives and there are also negatives, we are going to work on it so that it is positive and we will start again next year.

Anthony Orsoni had equalized for Salouël, before Chevallier scored a winning direct free kick for US Abbeville.

Did your career in the Coupe de France not serve you in the league, in the sense that you were expected by your opponents?

On some teams yes, others no. Then we have to accept that the teams want to beat us. This was already the case last year before our journey in the Coupe de France. We also have to win matches where we lose, it’s football, like today, we can’t stop at a score. We must draw conclusions and not repeat the same mistakes next year.

What do you remember from this season?

The beautiful course in the French Cup necessarily. In the league we fought until the last match and we still make a final, even if we lose it. It’s still a full season, if only in terms of matches, we played around thirty, for a district team it stops at 20, 25 big max.

I hope to keep all my staff

Antoine Mücke, coach of RC Salouël

That’s it, it was the last match, we’re going to be on vacation and the boys are going to need a rest to quickly resume preparation in mid-July.

With the aura and the income generated by the Coupe de France, has Salouël changed in dimension?

” Yes “ from this point of view and “no” since we remain in the same division. We will always be a district club in the second division. Afterwards it is sure that it will perhaps do some good to attract players and start again on a good basis. I think there are frameworks that will be important to keep. Besides, I hope to keep all my squad. We’ll talk to the boys in due time. We already have to prepare for next season, the friendly matches to recruit have already started a week ago, but we couldn’t afford with the cup match. We are on a few players but I won’t say the names, we will talk about it with them in due course and I hope that they will sign with us to improve the team and achieve the objectives that will be set in June.

Now keep the group you had this year, maybe that’s the hardest part

Yeah it’s hard because it’s always hard to keep guys from failing. After that I think there is a real challenge in Salouël. We are not going to lie to each other, we have a real objective of moving up to the League in three years. With the covid we have been had twice, there we fail at the gates of the last match. After that it does not matter, we still have time, we will have to reach the objective no matter what. We will give ourselves the means to do so, whether by recruiting quality players, in terms of infrastructure, etc.

We are more a family than a football club

Antoine Mücke, coach of RC Salouël

We understand that the objective next year will still be to aim for the climb…

That’s it, we said it from the start. We fought to the end, we didn’t shy away from saying that we weren’t playing it, we knew no matter what that the objective was to climb. We will confirm that next year I hope.

We were talking about potential departures, have the emotions you experienced this year forged a group that wants to continue playing together?

I think, because we are more a family than a football club. So it’s not the money that will motivate the players, even if there are many who have the level above, that I understand. We are more on the family side than the business. The real values ​​of football are that after training we meet to drink a beer and celebrate victory in the locker room, it’s more important than getting €50 a month to win a match.

Julien Benesteau

Photo credit: Audrey Louette (archive) and Kevin Devigne – Gazette Sports

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