SM Caen 2018-19 Season Review
On the night of this being written, Caens fate has been sealed as they fell 1-0 to Bordeaux which seen them relegated to Ligue 2 for the first time since 2011-12 but it could have been so different.
In the summer of 2018, Caen underwent a massive overhaul which seen 13 players departing including their talented winger, 19 year old, Yann Karamoh who joined Inter Milan for €6.6m, Caens 4th most expensive export. This overhaul also seen Caen bring in 11 new players, splashing out on a new attack.
The campaign started off rather positive for Caen losing only one game out of the first five which was against the unstoppable PSG. This steady form continued all through September until the start of October where they lost to Marseille sparking a 10 game win-less run until they bet Toulouse 2-1 half-way through December, gaining their first win in almost three months.
One positive of Caen’s rather bleak season was their run in the Coupe de France where they reached the Quarter Finals via a 1-0 win over the Ligue 2 punching bag Red Star, an excellent 6-0 win away to 6th tier outfit Viry-Chatillon and a penalties win against Championnat National 3 team SC Bastia before being dumped out by a strong Lyon.
January came around and things didn’t get much better for Caen with news breaking out that star performer Frederic Guilbert would be joining Aston Villa when the season is over and Caen’s only addition would be Aly Ndom on loan from Stade Reims.
January was rounded off with a loss to Montpellier, who this time kick-started an 8 match streak where Caen couldn’t find a win but finally on the last day of March, they picked up a league win, a 1-0 victory away in Monaco. The first one since Toulouse in December. This win fed some hope into the northwestern French club as they picked up 3 remarkable wins in their next 6 games.
This incredible fight kept Caen, a team with only 4 league wins beforehand, in with a chance to stay up. Fighting against Dijon, Amiens and Monaco with 2 games to go. In their final 2 games Caen were the only team unable to pick up a point with Dijon beating Toulouse, Amiens beating 20th placed Guingamp and Monaco picking up a victory against Amiens whilst Fabien Mercadal’s side suffered back to back losses to Lyon and Bordeaux.
This immense showing of belief and fight wasn’t enough for Caens as they were relegated on the final day of the season.