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FC Nantes v Bordeaux: “He yelled at us a little …” How FCN slipped into another dimension at half-time

At the Beaujoire stadium,

He was a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Al Beaujoire, FC Nantes showed two faces against the Girondins of Bordeaux. A first that allowed Girondins lead 2-0 at half time. A real soup of faces for the Nantes fans. Because the Canaries showed practically nothing good in the first act that pitted them against the rival of Bordeaux. Unable to be dangerous despite good ball possession (60%), Nantes were unrecognizable and were amazed.

The words of Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré lash out at the end of the game when he recalls the first period of his proteges: “It was a friendly 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. Affirmation shared by Randal Kolo Muani, who was, however, one of the few 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 amateurs ”, analyzes the striker.

A little blower in the locker room

Given the final score (5-3)It is therefore difficult not to imagine the coach’s speech at half-time, where the Nantes people certainly had their suspenders pulled up. “The coach unites us as brothers, all together”, launches Randal Kolo Muani for the first time since the match. “Well, he yelled at us a little, not bad. He said a few big words, but he was right! We lost that first half. “A small blow that will have allowed the FCN to quickly put their heads back in place and get back to scoring 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 astounding. They know how to transcend themselves, to regain momentum. Up to planting five pawns in Bordelais totally overwhelmed in the second half. “It was a crazy second half, sometimes great nonsense in attack-defense. We bet on success on our side “, explains Antoine Kombouaré. Kolo Muani adds:” We managed to correct the situation. He’s a bit crazy! You have to have strong shoulders to watch matches like this! “

“We have the defects of our qualities”

After the defeat (3-2) at the Vélodrome last Wednesday and the victory against Bordeaux (5-3), the Nantes fans 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 though there are a lot of things to fix. 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 win for FC Nantes allows them to “rekindle a dynamic”, after only one victory in Clermont in the previous six games. Those who have followed, within a match, the qualification of Nantes to the final of the Coupe de France. Winning a derby was “essential”, two weeks before the Stade de France, where Nantes will face OGC Nice.

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