Nantes, qualification and a tile in the Coupe de France against Vire

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Nantes, qualification and a tile in the Coupe de France against Vire

The entry into the running of the defending champion, FC Nantes, would have been totally in line with the expectations of its coach Antoine Kombouaré if the Canaries had not not lost on the way Nicolas Palloisvictim of a sprained knee. “It’s the big tile, the big black spot of the evening”, he sighed. Touched at the end of the first period (41st), the defender should be absent “several weeks” and it is obviously a big blow for the Nantes, 16th in L1 before the reception of Lyon Wednesday afternoon.

It was with this deadline in mind that Kombouaré finally decided to keep Andréi Girotto until the end when he initially had in mind to make his five changes. The main thing against AF Virois, leader of his group of N3, had in any case already been assured since the 55th minute and the goal of the break scored by Evann Guessand after a nice individual action.

the attacker on loan from Nice had already been behind Mohamed Mostafa’s opener after hard work in his right lane, and it goes without saying that he was the great architect of Nantes’ qualification. “We wanted to respect the opponent, show a lot of humility, prevent him from playing, grab him by the throat, not let go and show that there were three divisions apart.he insisted. That’s what we managed to do, I liked the intentions. »

They could have materialized in an even bigger score if AFV goalkeeper Keny Bertheaume had not achieved some prowess in his goal. “We knew what to expectsaid Rémy Descamps, the usual understudy of Alban Lafont in the Championship. We must not allow them to leave us in doubt. We played in a beautiful stadium, on a beautiful lawn, we had no room for error. »

Observing Ludovic Blas leaving the locker room with the captain’s armband around his arm, Kombouaré had a flashback “last year’s epic”. “When we lift the Cup, moments at the Stade de France…, Ludo is the captain of the Coupe de France. We are the title holder. We had to come and defend our property as long as possible.. It is already a turn of the past.


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