- FC Nantes lost (2-3) for the fourth time in a row in Ligue 1.
- The Canaries fall in the middle of the standings after having been on the podium for a long time.
- Nantes coach Christian Gourcuff says he is "worried".
Everything goes very fast in football. This cliche of the round ball perfectly describes the situation in which are the Canaries, after their setback (2-3) this Sunday against Saint-Etienne. There is not even a month, Nantes plastered on the podium of Ligue 1 by multiplying the successes by the smallest margin. Today, the
FCN staggers and chases defeats (four of rank), moving from 2nd to 8th place.
– 20 Minutes Nantes (@ 20minutesnantes) November 10, 2019
"We must stop with the podium, there are a dozen teams that have almost the same number of points," relativizes Nicolas Pallois. "We will have to look in the mirror, because we are turning into the negative and falling in the rankings", meanwhile, Abdoulaye Toure, very marked.
The success that escorted FC Nantes early in the season has disappeared. Attests this head of Pallois on the bar in the 65th. "A month ago, it came back and here we come up against poles coming out," says Pallois. In addition, the defensive solidity that was the hallmark of FCN early in the season has evaporated, like the three goals conceded this Sunday.
"A lack of character, of personality", according to Gourcuff
"Goofy goals," even Captain Toure dares. Like Trauco's first equalizer of the head with a Blas, which barely jumps to annoy the Stephanois. "We lack character and personality, it's very clear, plague Christian Gourcuff. With errors that result and that reflect our lack of aggression. While the opener should have secured us, we had a lot of laxity on the defensive, on the goals and even in general, also in the recovery of the ball. "Nantes has nevertheless led twice to the score but it was not enough. More than a month ago, when such a scenario occurred, the Canaries still managed to maintain their advantage. Sunday, everything broke down over the minutes.
A worried coach, an upraised captain, an angry president
"The way we concede equalization, insists Gourcuff. That translates into a lot of things, a state of mind and personality that is disturbing. "The word is broken. The coach is worried. "I would be crazy if I was not. This defensive laxity and this lack of offensive risk-taking worry me yes. (…) The situation has changed. The team is not the same anymore. Confidence has eroded with this succession of defeats. After, I'm not psychic. "
No more, but he calls for questioning. To dialogue. "We do not play as we should play. We thought we were too good and maybe we got too excited about the ranking. If there are things to say to each other, we'll have to tell ourselves, and that's the time. "President Waldemar Kita did not wait long to express his dissatisfaction in the locker room.