It appears as though FC Metz chief Bernard Serin is resigned to that fact that his side are heading towards Ligue 1 relegation.
Metz have fought manfully against the drop all season, and their determination was on show again at the weekend as they drew 0-0 with mid-table Stade Malherbe Caen.
However, as has been a theme throughout the campaign, their energy and desire has not translated into good results.
With only eight games remaining, Metz find themselves eleven points off safety. Admittedly, the club may take solace from the fact that there are still a possible 24 points up for grabs, but considering their inability to string some good results together, escape appears unlikely.
Indeed, Serin himself admitted on Monday that it would take ‘a miracle’ for the Grenats to avoid relegation, as reported by L’Equipe.
The draw against Caen gave the Northerners 23 points, but they still sit two behind 19th-place Racing Club de Lens, nine of Toulouse and 11 points off 17th-place FC Lorient.
It’s not impossible that they could survive, but a miraculous effort is required from Albert Cartier and his embattled troops if they are to avoid a descent to the second tier.