Speaking in a post-match press conference following a 4-0 home defeat against Strasbourg, Nantes manager Christian Gourcuff appeared to be feeling the pressure.
“We knew what was at stake, we prepared for the game well. When it ends like that, it is something that stings. In these situations, either we bomb, or we climb back up. It cannot be worse than this. It has to be something that brings an internal revolt and a reaction, otherwise it is suicide.”
Gourcuff was hired in August 2019 to replace Vahid Halilhodzic.
“Will I still be there for the next match? Ask questions to the people who can answer. I have a contract (until June 2021). I am not going to give you a history lesson on how I arrived, I came here to offer my help. I am at the service of FC Nantes, I am trying to do my best. There are more difficult moments. If I am not right for the situation, that is not a problem. In my situation and in the circumstances that I came here, it will be even less of a problem.”
“When you see the team’s performance, one can question the individual performances. The players are not playing at their level. You have to detach the problem from me. The problem is the future of the club… You have to be very prudent in the analysis. There is a form of paralysis, nonchalance sometimes. We could interpret that differently. There is a confidence problem. I cannot say that it is voluntary.”
“It is a question of desire, ambition… You saw the match, especially in the second half, that lack of power. We tried to play without being dangerous. The changes didn’t bring much. The individual aspects are secondary, the priority is the club.”