FC Nantes goalkeeper and captain Alban Lafont is relishing the chance to play European football, and spoke to L’Équipe ahead of Les Canaris’ Europa League opener against Olympiacos at the Stade de la Beaujoire. He expressed the enormity of the ocaison but warned discipline and concentration for his side.
“We’ve been waiting for this kind of match since we were little, I’m in this sport to experience emotions like this. It’s going to be great, exceptional, but we have to put that aside, concentrate on the match, on the technical aspects, and not arrive as tourists. The serious stuff starts now.”
20 years after their last appearance in Europe, Nantes return with fervour for a taste of continental competition, starting with a difficult fixture against Olympiacos, in a group which will see Nantes also face Azerbaijian side Qarabag and current Bundesliga high-flyers Freiburg in group G of the Europa League.