The FCN lost again (1-2) against Lyon, Sunday evening, at La Beaujoire.
The Canaries, who showed good dispositions in sequences in the game, remain stuck in 19th place in Ligue 1.
With this new defeat (the fifteenth this season), all may not be so dark. Sunday evening, the Canaries (19th) did not know how to take advantage of the missteps of their direct opponents in maintaining (Nîmes and Lorient) and were logically beaten (1-2) by Lyon at the Beaujoire stadium. However, Nantes have never seemed so voluntary in the game. Their overall performance, although still very confused technically especially in the last thirty meters, showed that the players did not give up.
“The combativeness is there, hammered Nicolas Pallois just after the final whistle. At 2-0, a few weeks ago we would have given up. If we repeat that match over the next five, we'll be fine. We know it's hard, but it's been 32 games that it's been hard. If we fight like that in the next matches, it will pass. The Nantes central defender is right, we can not blame a lack of desire, fighting spirit of FC Nantes on this defeat against Lyon, but the Canaries still face the same pitfall: their technical shortcomings.
Deficiencies which did not allow them in the many highlights against the fourth in L1 to be more incisive and dangerous on the cage of Anthony Lopes.
“We created chances but we did not hit enough on goal, always underlined Pallois.
This is the only regret tonight.
“Nantes turned around the bush in the image of a lack of spontaneity shouting from Kolo Muani, Simon or Coulibaly at the end of the first period.
“We had a good first half, observed coach Antoine Kombouaré.
We came in as often as Lyon in the opponent's area, but we never hit and at the finish there was 2-0 against us.
"We no longer have a joker"
At that time, Nantes could have plunged, even sank. "Afterwards, we rectified the situation, we managed to make the Lyonnais doubt," Kombouaré even believes. Which had aligned a rather offensive 4-4-2 with the surprise Coulibaly (injured in an ankle) in front while bringing a more technical touch with Louza and Chirivella (Touré on the bench) in the role of the launching pads. "We are able to play, we produce play, wants to positively Kombouaré. But, we are sorely lacking in confidence in the finish. I would like us to be effective in both areas. Since I arrived, we have never done a clean sheet. And in front of it, it is very difficult to convert the occasions. “An observation that comes back like an anthem almost every week since August.
With five games remaining (five as the number of Nantes wins this season), the equation is simple for the Nantes coach.
“We no longer have a joker.
We must not hide our face, we had excuses playing Rennes and Lyon who are stronger than us, but the five teams that come, we must do what it takes to win, we have no more excuses .
And no more leeway.
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