At a lively press conference at the end of the match against Magra, coach Denis Lavagne talked a lot about the CAF Cup final to be held before Raja Casablanca on Saturday.
Quite practically, the French coach said that the chances of each of the two teams were intact and that this final would be played with small details. “It’s 50/50,” Lavagne insisted at a news conference.
“Final is also played on emotional control”
The JSK coach is of the opinion that many parameters will come into force in this final and the best prepared team in all fields will win. “As I said before, it is 50/50. It is unclear how both teams will approach the game. Have more stress than anyone else regarding this event? It’s also about emotional control, being able to play your best in D-Day in this important game. This is already a big parameter of the final. Until now, we have always answered the present. The Raja team looks like Berkeley and Sfox and against these teams, we are undefeated. On the other hand, on the other hand, we gave good performances. For me, it is 50/50, ”he said.
“Are we more scared or stressed? This is where it plays out.”
Lavagne believes his team fully deserves to win this African trophy because of the extraordinary results the Canaries recorded in this CAF Cup. However, he fears only one thing, the way his players approach this meeting against Raja de Casablanca. “Our chances are intact, but then it depends on how we approach the match. Are we going to approach the match against Sfox, or the match in front of Cotton Sport in Garoua or Yaounde, or are we going to be more scared or stressed? It will be played,” the JSK coach asked.
“Match can go up to penalties and we must attend”
Coach Lavagne thinks we will have to wait for a penalty shoot-out to find out who will win this CAF Cup. “The match can go for 120 minutes and there may be penalties. We have a lot of chances for Raja. We’re here for 90 minutes or 120 minutes or a shootout. We should be there, right now.”
“Raja has more experience, but we are mentally strong”
Although he believes Raja de Casablanca has more experience in continental competitions compared to JSK, who returned to Africa only last season after many years of absence, Lavagne believes his team has nothing to envy the Cameroonian representative. “Raja has more experience than us, but we are mentally strong and we have proved it in previous matches.”