This time the curtain has fallen. The Ligue 2 regular season ended this weekend with the latest lessons. Troyes was champion, as in 2015, and it is Clermont who will accompany him to the top floor next season. This is the first time that the Auvergne club has reached Ligue 1 in its history. For third place, Toulouse, Grenoble and Paris FC clash for the time of a final phase, the winner of which will try to reach the elite after a double confrontation against the 18th in Ligue 1. A real course of the fighter but in the meantime here comes the eleven type of the regular season of this dear Ligue 2. We opted for a 4-3-3 with in its midst, the best goalkeeper, the best player, the best passer and the top scorer of this exercise.
Gauthier Gallon: crowned best goalkeeper by the UNFP, the ESTAC goalkeeper had a really very good full season, probably the best of his career. Already impressive last year, he reached 28 years of maturity. Athletic and impressive, he knows how to take advantage of his sturdy build to achieve some spectacular flights and bring order to his surface. The former Nîmes also goes quickly on the ground and reads the trajectories very well, in addition to being mobile on his line. We even saw him participate in the game in a team that likes possession. Gallon is one of the great architects of the rise of the Trojans. Arthur Desmas (Clermont) will also have been able to be part of this typical team.
Akim Zedadka: for the right-back position, there was no real debate as Zedadka has been excellent this season. Undisputed holder, in 35 games (1 goal) he has shown great consistency, and has been decisive in this season of Clermont. At 25, he continues to progress, he who experienced Ligue 2 at 18 with Lens before descending the ranks, finding himself unemployed and then bouncing back in Saint-Rémi de Provence in National 3 and Marignane in National. The Auvergne management did well to slip an automatic extension of one year in the event of promotion, while he found himself at the end of his contract in June. He could also be summoned soon by the Algerian selection.
Yoann Salmier: basic man of the Trojan defense, like his captain Jimmy giraudon, Salmier received our plebiscite. The Guyanese has shown all his seriousness during this season, even if ESTAC has conceded a lot of goals. Fast and always dangerous with the head, he has even been able to register two achievements this season where he has been a starter 35 times. It is also from him that Touzghar’s victorious goal comes from Châteauroux, synonymous with the near rise of his club. Arrived from Strasbourg in 2019, the 28-year-old has succeeded in his bet to go down one floor to better go back to Ligue 1. For the rest, however, he will have to try to erase his chronic indiscipline.
Cedric Hountondji: at the height of his 27 years, the central defender is no longer an unknown. He even has a fairly long CV since he experienced Ligue 1 with Stade Rennais, before playing mainly in Ligue 2 with Châteauroux, Auxerre and Gazeléc. Lacking concentration and determination at the time, Hountondji found his rhythm of carburetion in the Clermont hinge for two years. Uncompromising this season with Ogier (best defense in Ligue 2, 25 goals conceded), the Benin international may have found in his experiences abroad (New York City, Levski Sofia) and his meeting with his coach Pascal Gastien, the keys to progress. This season, he will have missed only one meeting, proof of his reliability.
Deiver Machado: of all the Toulouse revelations of the season, the Colombian is perhaps the one who has been the least talked about in the media. Still, he held his left lane like a chef. Tireless, serious, offensive and fast, he has done a lot of good for his team, as evidenced by his 4 assists (and 1 goal) in 32 games (all as a holder). His experience was also used to supervise all the youth of the TFC, he who nevertheless experienced the 2016 Olympic Games, and the Colombian selection (3 selections). He probably finished the season a little tired and will have to get back in shape for the play-offs. The Parisian Ali Abdi was also cited to join this team but his versatility will have ultimately, and unfortunately, been prejudicial.
Jason Berthomier: Clermont’s detonator this season. From the top of his 6 goals and 11 assists in 37 games, the midfielder has achieved his best statistical season since becoming a professional. Despite a little hollow during the winter, the former Trojan, who did not have much playing time in the Aube, signs a nice revenge. At 31 years old and arriving relatively late at this level, the elegant left-hander does not yet have much experience, but he always asserts himself a little more over time. Creative number 6 by training, he gradually left this role of distributor to go up a notch and has, in fact, gained influence on the game. He will know Ligue 1 for the first time. The Trojan Florian Tardieu would have had its place in this eleven.
Johan Gastien: be careful not to tell Johan Gastien that he is a pistonné. He could take it badly and it is above all completely false. At 33, the coach’s son still manages to progress. He also extended his two-year contract last March. The midfielder has probably had the best season of his career. In a more defensive register than his midfield colleagues, he ensured the balance of a formidable machine. He is both in the recovery and in the distribution has even managed to calm a sometimes volcanic temperament. His experience was also very useful in this exercise where he had to control his nerves when the climb was played out. Rominigue Kouame (Troyes) could also have been part of this team.
Mathias Autret: we no longer present the former Lorient, decidedly inset very good player of Ligue 2. If he missed the rise and especially the play-offs with Auxerre, finishing 6th, the attacking midfielder has long played the leading roles with his team. His 13 offerings (best assists in the championship) and his 6 goals were not enough. Despite this, Autret is in its standards two years ago, when he managed to reach Ligue 1 with Stade Brestois. Always so skilled on set pieces and endowed with a silky right foot, he has fun with a coach, Jean-Marc Furlan, who wants play and movement. You couldn’t ask him more to let go of the horses. AJA will no doubt count on him to build the next season.
Amine Adli: without a doubt the big reveal of this season. Very little appeared in Ligue 1 last year, the 21-year-old left-hander quickly burst the screen at the lower echelon. An essential element for Toulousains in Ligue 2 in a role of second striker, he has accumulated 8 goals and 7 assists in 33 league games. Voted best player of the season by the UNFP, this elegant attacking midfielder already has a great mix between a big ball strike, a certain intelligence in the game, an ability to take depth and be decisive in the area. Ligue 1 is reaching out to him but it will probably not be with his training club because he is tracked by OM in particular, but also abroad.
Mickaël Le Bihan: when injuries leave him alone, attacking him a hell of a football player. He would also have the level to play a notch above, as was the case in Nice for example. His body decided otherwise but this season, he has found a certain fullness, especially in front of goal. Author of 19 goals on the clock (for 5 assists) in 35 matches, Auxerrois has long dominated the scorers ranking, before being caught at the end. Besides his qualities as a finisher, his head game and his calls / counter-calls to get rid of his defenders are a real treat. Less well in the second part of the season, his decline in form corresponds to that of the AJA, who missed the play-offs for two small points. Clermontois Jim allevinah was cited to integrate this eleven.
Mohamed Bayo: the other big revelation of this championship with Amine Adli. After a season on loan from Dunkirk in the National, the Clermont striker has taken off. Scorer 22 times in 38 games (in addition to 6 assists), the Auvergne volcano has erupted. The story is good because he arrived at the club at the age of 6. He did all his classes there up to the professional level. It was not won, however, because at the start of the season, it was Jordan Tell who was chosen to take over from Adrian Grbic, who left for Lorient after scoring 17 times last year. But Bayo will take advantage of the injury of the former Rennais to never give up his place in the eleven. His performances even opened the doors of the Guinean selection in March.