Nantes: “7th in Ligue 1, something crazy”, savors Kombouaré

Victorious from Saint-Etienne (1-0) this Wednesday during the 18 th day of Ligue 1, FC Nantes finished the first leg of the championship in 7th place. For Antoine Kombouaré, who arrived along the way last season, this mid-term assessment is quite unexpected given the situation of the Canaries a few months ago.

A radically opposite. At the time of the winter break last year, FC Nantes appointed Raymond Domenech as coach, while the club fought for his retention. After 19 days this season, the team now led by Antoine Kombouaré is in a positive spiral, 7th in the ranking with 28 points.

“Last year we had almost died “

Winner of ASSE this Wednesday (1-0) thanks to a goal from Randal Kolo Muani, Nantes chained a third success in a row in the league. “If you look at the last three matches in the league, we are in difficulty but we take nine points”, commented Antoine Kombouaré after this last match of the calendar year.

“We deliver a very good first half, he adds. In the second, even if Saint-Etienne has more chances than us, we have situations. We congratulated Alban Lafont who made a few saves. believed to the end. We also have a team that causes success. Last year we almost died. And, six or seven months later, we find ourselves in seventh. It’s a crazy thing. You should never relax. The precipice is never far away. We are full of humility. ”

” It is beyond our expectations “

Arrived in February last season to replace Domenech , for a “maintenance mission”, Antoine Kombouaré had won his bet by going through the dams against Toulouse. “The best recruitment is to have kept our players. I think that the retention acquired in the great difficulty has created cohesion. It’s classic, judged the technician of the FCN. Today, we have 28 points. It is beyond our expectations, fantastic. I want to congratulate the players. They are the actors of the success. I am sad for Saint -Etienne who deserved at least a draw. We wish them a lot of courage and to get out of it. It’s like Nantes, legendary clubs which must remain in Ligue 1 “.

Qualified for the 16 of the Coupe de France final, Nantes will challenge AS Vitré on Sunday January 2. The Canaries will return to Beaujoire on January 9, for the reception of AS Monaco, current 6th in Ligue 1. But with points d advance on Metz, 16 e halfway through, Nantes has a mattress comfortable enough to calmly contemplate the future.