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Coupe de France: Nantes took “a lesson in realism” from Laval, admits Gourvennec

Eliminated from the Coupe de France (1-0) by Laval, Ligue 2 team, on Saturday, Nantes took “a lesson in realism” from its opponent, admitted coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, worried about the negative spiral in which his dark team.

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Coupe de France: Nantes took “a lesson in realism” from Laval, admits Gourvennec

Eliminated from the Coupe de France (1-0) by Laval, Ligue 2 team, on Saturday, Nantes took “a lesson in realism” from its opponent, admitted coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, worried about the negative spiral in which his dark team. “It’s a match that resembles the one we played on Sunday, against Clermont (1-3). We ultra-dominated (but) the little we suffered, the few mistakes we made, once again had too many consequences,” admitted the coach after the match.

Dominant throughout the match, the Canaries created half a dozen clear chances, on target too rarely and without finding the fault. Conversely, Laval scored on the hour mark, with a header from Malik Tchokounté, during one of its very rare forays into the opposing area. “We are not at all realistic and, on that, we had a lesson in realism from Laval,” summarized Gourvennec, whose fifth defeat, for two victories, since he replaced Pierre Aristouy on the bench, at the end of November.

Despite "an obvious penalty which was not whistled" a few minutes before the opposing goal, "we can once again only blame ourselves", he continued, aware of the shortcomings of his team. If his players are “disappointed and angry because it’s a scenario that repeats itself”, “we have to stay united, we have to stand together, we have to continue to work even harder... to reverse the trend,” he insisted. “It is the self-sacrifice that leads you to, at a given moment, switch to the good side,” he underlined, recognizing however that the current poor form “plays a lot in the minds” and that the evil is profound.

“FC Nantes, in the (civilian) year 2023, is penultimate in the (L1) ranking by having the penultimate defense and the worst attack (...) There are things which are certainly anchored , which needs to be corrected, and the process is underway,” he assured. With “one or two arrivals” hoped for in this transfer window and the return of the four players who left for the African Cup of Nations, in a few days, he hopes to instill more “new blood, more quality and more competition” into his team. effective. But "the work of a coach to reverse the trend (...) it is not done like that", he pleaded, snapping his fingers, recognizing that he did not expect "to have a negative series like that.

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