Used to taking the lift for ten years, Troyes is no exception to its rule. Descended to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2017/2018 season, ESTAC is back in Ligue 1 thanks to its success of the day against Dunkirk: a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Gory (59ee) and Saint-Louis ( 70th). With 5 points ahead of Clermont (2nd) and nine over Toulouse (3rd, one match less), the Aube club can no longer be joined and officially validates its return to the top flight.
Laurent Battles’ troops are rewarded after a good season under control which also ended with the title of Ligue 2 champion, the second after that of 2015. 3rd attack in the championship and 2nd defense, they were able to tighten the game at the end of the championship , especially after the heavy and surprising defeats against Nancy (1-5) and Amiens (1-3) in mid-March. Uncompromising since these two setbacks, the Trojans finished with a bang with six wins and one draw. They have not been contacted since.
One last outing in Le Havre on Saturday
In the upper echelons of the rankings since mid-December and a very long streak of 12 games in a row without defeat (including 8 wins), they were praised by their attractive game made of short passes and long stretches of ball possession. Battles have always insisted on asking their players to come from behind to build their game. The work paid off as the Aubists often dominated their meeting.
Individually, some players have stood out such as the experienced Yoann Touzghar, scorer of 15 goals at 34, or Florian Tardieu, the handyman in midfield. We should find them on the upper floor next season but before that, ESTAC still have a confrontation to play next Saturday against Le Havre. History to end the season on a high note.