Stade de Reims: salvation and season with a scent of success

Four years after returning to the elite, the Stade de Reims is fully established in Ligue 1. With three games to go in the season, the Oscar Garcia He has confirmed his permanence without any trouble, settled in the middle of the classification. A season that smells of success, although the Sabadell coach is not satisfied: the challenge is to maintain the level in the medium term.

The salvation has even more merit if one repairs the circumstance that it is the youngest team in the league, and the third of the five major leagues behind Spezia in Italy and Stuttgart in Germany. At the Stade de Reims they have debuted this season koeberle (17), Locko (19), kebbal (23), Adeline (18), Diakite (18), Doumbia (19), Mbow (21) and Kofi (19), eight homegrown players whom Oscar Garcia He has given them a first chance.

The great revelation at the Stade de Reims has its own name: Hugo Ekitike. A pleasant surprise. The lanky French striker has given a significant boost to a team in which he has scored nine goals in the league: «Last year he was on loan in Denmark and this year he returned to be the third or fourth striker but we realized that he is a player that can give us a lot”, reflected his coach in an interview in MD.

His performance has not gone unnoticed on the international scene. Clubs like Newcastle, the new rich in Europe, Chelsea, Dortmund, Real Madrid or Liverpool have long monitored a footballer with great potential, called to make the leap sooner or later. The Stade de Reims knows this, aware that it cannot plan long term in a selling club. This season, in any case, makes a good balance of the work done.