video analysis, psychology, multisport approach… How Régis Le Bris made Lorient emerge

A new wind is blowing on Ligue 1. With the arrival of bad weather, Régis Le Bris and his staff are responsible for warming up Lorient and its surroundings. Under his leadership, since June 27, the Merlus have been working miracles: after nine days, they occupy an astonishing third place in Ligue 1 behind the locomotives of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, with a record of seven victories. . , a draw and a loss. The team can even come between the two behemoths in the event of victory in the Breton derby in Brest, Sunday October 9 at 3 p.m. Franceinfo: sport is interested in the successor of Christophe Pélissier in the city of five ports.

“Régis Le Bris has established a game identity, cohesion in the group. It’s no longer the hit of the summer because after nine days, there’s no more chance or luck. » The analysis is signed Thomas Callens, goalkeeper of Lorient (on loan to Annecy this season) who played 15 games under the orders of the technician in N2 last season. The Lorient people were not expected at this level, and their coach, inducted on June 27 to replace Christophe Pélissier, either. Because until then, he had shone far from the lights.

Born in Pont-l’Abbé in Finistère, he had a career as a defender at Stade Rennes (1994-1999) and Laval (1999-2002), before ending up in Belgium, at KSK Ronse (2002-2003). At the age of 27, he embarked on training: Wasquehal then Rennes (2004-2012), where he obtained a doctorate in physiology and biomechanics, as well as a DU in mental preparation for high-level athletes. On the pitch, a French U18 championship title (2007) and a Gambardella Cup (2008) later, Régis Le Bris left Île-et-Vilaine and was co-opted by Lorient. The start of a great adventure.

He won the championship with the national U17 (2015), before taking charge of the Merlus reserve. With several high-flying seasons in National 2, the hatching of several talented young people (Le Fée, Guendouzi, Meslier, etc.) and the obtaining in May 2022 of the professional football coach’s patent (BEPF), the coach makes his proofs. A CV and a career that make all the richness of the man.

“For me, he is a fine tactician, who manages to both train players and adapt to opposing teams.“, explains Thomas Callens. “What Régis does is a lot of analysis and understanding of the game”, abounds Jean-Marie David, his deputy in Lorient. His appointment to Lorient corresponds to the emergence of coach-trainers in Ligue 1. Julien Stéphan (Strasbourg) and Franck Haise (Lens) are the most convincing examples, the first having succeeded Régis Le Bris in Rennes in U19, while that the second preceded him to Lorient.

Jean-Marie David knew him in Rennes in the 1990s, then found him at the end of his playing career, during a tour of training centers. The two men like each other and Le Bris quickly sees in David a potential right arm. “I initially declined the proposal” relates the latter“but from the moment Régis presented me with his project, his methodology and his way of working, it immediately matched”.

In detail, Thomas Callens explains: “He gives us a lot of responsibility during the video sessions. He insists on the fact that the players are actors in his game project”, adds the current Annecy goalkeeper (Ligue 2).

To this degree of requirement in the preparation of the meetings, is added according to Jean-Marie David, a necessity for Régis Le Bris “broaden the spectrum and be able to duplicate what is done at a very high level in other sports”. A multi-sport approach that feeds on swimming, rugby and even cycling. “Regis has the same training as me”, reveals Frédéric Grappe, performance director of the Groupama-FDJ cycling team. ” When you are trained in the scientific part of a doctorate, you are obliged to have a way of analyzing and thinking that is different from the others,” notes the one who hosted Le Bris and his collaborators in his performance research center in Besançon.

When Thomas Callens remembers inspired talks “rugby values”, Jean-Marie David admits to having borrowed from the oval the timing of training, fair play or respect for refereeing. Frédéric Grappe remembers talking with Régis Le Bris about physical preparation, motivation and even nutrition. ” By opening up in this way, Régis will progress at a terrible speed »predicts Grappe, not surprised by his first successes in Ligue 1.

This success can also be explained by the relationship of trust that has been established. “In a club, if the main managers are not aligned, you will not be able to create performance”, slice Frédéric Grappe. “The atmosphere is very good”, assures Jean-Marie David, for whom “players and staff are part of one and the same group”.

In his wake, Régis Le Bris not only trained the Hakes. He was also emulated in his family: his younger brother Benoît (a year younger) was also a professional, and his young nephew, Théo, scored his first goal with Lorient against Lille (2-1).

The technician’s next goal now is to confirm and manage fatigue.“The management of organizations is the daily work of the staff, in exchanges with the players and the analysis of matches” explains Jean-Marie David, referring to a “marathon championship”. If it is difficult to imagine Lorient maintaining its infernal rhythm, the objective of maintaining it today seems to lack ambition. With 22 points already in nine days, the record for points scored by the Hakes in the elite, 58 in 2009-2010, must be ahead of Régis Le Bris and his group.

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