• Led 2-0 at the break, FC Nantes had a more than mediocre first period.

  • The Nantes people recovered very quickly in the second half, after a somewhat hot change in the locker room where their coach Antoine Kombouaré raised his voice.

  • "It's the worst start for our team this season," said the latter, despite the 5-3 victory of the Canaries.

At the Beaujoire stadium,

It was a bit like Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde.

At La Beaujoire, FC Nantes showed two faces against the Girondins de Bordeaux.

A first that allowed the Girondins to lead 2-0 at the break.

A real grimace soup for the Nantes supporters.

Because the Canaries showed practically nothing good in the first act which opposed them to the Bordeaux rival.

Unable to be dangerous despite a good possession of the ball (60%), the Nantes were unrecognizable, and were surprised.

The words of the Nantes coach, Antoine Kombouaré, after the match are scathing when he evokes the first period of his protégés: “It was a friendly match in the first half.

We did nothing: no commitment, no duel won.

A disastrous start to the game.

This is the worst start for our team this season.

“A statement shared by Randal Kolo Muani, who was however one of the only Nantes (with Blas) to try to shake up the opposing defense in the first period.

“We took this game lightly.

They ran into us and we were dilettante, ”analyzes the striker.

A small blower in the changing rooms

In view of the final score (5-3), it is then difficult not to imagine the coach's speech at half-time, where the Nantes people have most certainly had their suspenders pulled up.

“The coach unites us like brothers, all together”, Randal Kolo Muani first launches after the meeting.

“Well, he yelled at us a bit, not badly.

He said a few big words, but he was right!

We missed that first half.

“A small blower that will have allowed the FCN to quickly get their heads back in place, and come back to score in five minutes.

A scenario that is somewhat reminiscent of the match against Lens, last December at La Beaujoire (0-2 then 3-2).

The people of Nantes can be stunning.

They know how to transcend themselves, to regain momentum.

Until planting five pawns to Bordelais totally overwhelmed in the second half.

“It was a crazy 2nd half, sometimes great nonsense with attack-defense.

We tipped success on our side,” explains Antoine Kombouaré.

Kolo Muani adds: “We were able to rectify the situation.

It's a bit crazy!

You have to have strong backs to attend matches like that!


“We have the defects of our qualities”

After their defeat (3-2) at the Vélodrome last Wednesday and their victory against Bordeaux (5-3), the Nantes supporters were not bored!

13 goals in two games for FC Nantes, including five conceded.

What to worry about?

The FCN coach remains lucid on this point.

“It's superb, even if there are a lot of things to correct.

We have the defects of our qualities.

Now we have to find the right balance.

These are avoidable goals.

It was a free warning.


At least, this victory for FC Nantes allows him to "re-ignite a dynamic", after a single victory at Clermont in the previous six games.

Those who followed, within a match, the qualification of Nantes in the final of the Coupe de France.

Winning a derby was "essential", two weeks from the Stade de France, where Nantes will face OGC Nice.


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