• Led 2-0 in the 15th minute, FC Nantes struggled to get into their match against RC Lens

  • Antoine Kombouaré tried a new system with three central defenders.

  • Nantes metamorphosed in the 2nd half to finally win 3-2, in a fiery atmosphere.

Incredible, crazy, exceptional… There is no shortage of words to define the scenario of this FC Nantes - RC Lens. A spectacular Ligue 1 match that even neutral supporters must have enjoyed. Led 2-0 after a quarter of an hour and at half-time, the Nantes people were at the bottom of the bucket. Antoine Kombouaré had announced in the pre-game this week "They are a cut above". A gap that was felt from the first moments of the match: 2-0 for RC Lens after a quarter of an hour of play. The Nantes people were stunned, overwhelmed. A first half where the Canaries experienced the worst difficulties in holding the ball, in a new system with three defenders. RC Lens had cooled Beaujoire by scoring on his only two shots.

Then everything changed when we got back from the locker room. Without suspecting that a crazy scenario was going to unfold, until FC Nantes pocketed the three points of victory at the very end of the match, on a skylight merevielle found by Moses Simon. “We had eleven new players in the second half, they changed, they revolted. We took a maximum of risks by going to press much higher. We were huge in terms of aggressiveness, ”says Antoine Kombouaré, very proud of the reaction of his players. Earlier, Nantes quickly recovered thanks to the (somewhat lucky) reduction of the score from Kolo Muani at the start of the second half. And then the Lensois lowered their foot afce to the top pressing of the Canaries. “Above all, we had to raise them up, tell them that it was possible. Not necessarily to win,but to score a first goal. After all can happen. "

"Either you change five players at once…"

Antoine Kombouaré found the words in the locker room.

Those who allowed the FCN to reverse a situation, in a match that seemed badly embarked on.

“The first goal gave us wings, and then we walked on the water.

We spoke to each other in the locker room.

We said things to each other, we shouldn't lower our heads.

The coach reboosted everyone, ”explains Ludovic Blas, author of an excellent performance during the second act in Nantes.

“The players were great, huge.

At half-time, there are two solutions: either you change five players at once, or you tell them certain things.

We have discussed.

Beyond the tactical aspect, it was mostly mental, "adds the Nantes coach," very proud "of his players on Friday night.

A Beaujoire in fusion

FC Nantes, who had never beaten a Ligue 1 Top 5 team before this season, ended their year at La Beaujoire on a very good note. And take the opportunity to climb to 10th place in the standings. “Coming back to this game and winning it will give us strength to finish well this year. We wanted everyone to enjoy it, it was a great Christmas present, ”concludes Ludovic Blas. And Antoine Kombouaré to add: “Driving the supporters crazy, we live for this kind of emotion. Seeing the Beaujoire explode like this evening, it's been a very long time since I had seen that ”. La Beaujoire vibrated Friday evening. A thrilling scenario, where you had to have the thrilling well hooked. FC Nantes players, they put their hearts on the field, keeping their cool and showing great generosity.To offer their supporters a stunning match. That's the word. 


FC Nantes - RC Lens: Incredible scenario at Beaujoire where FC Nantes reverses the trend and pushes the Lensois a little deeper.

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