Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré has sounded the alarm bells after yet another defeat for his team, this time at the hands of Auxerre (1-2). The loss leaves Nantes in a precarious position before a critical run of three matches that will determine the club’s fate in Ligue 1. The following was transcribed by RMC Sport.
“It seems like we like playing under pressure,” Kombouaré said. Nantes, currently sitting in 15th place, hasn’t won a match in Ligue 1 for two months and continues to sink in the league standings. The team now has only a two-point lead over Strasbourg, the 17th-placed team and first in the relegation zone. Kombouaré is becoming increasingly impatient.
The coach is concerned that his players don’t fully grasp the importance of their situation. “So far, all the talks we’ve had with them about being careful and keeping our destiny in our own hands haven’t worked,” the Kanak coach lamented.
Nantes’ intoxicating European adventure, which culminated in a match against Juventus, coupled with its excellent performance in the Coupe de France, with a final coming up in two weeks, may have distracted the players from their primary goal of avoiding relegation.
“Because there’s an environment around you that talks about having a good season,” Kombouaré said. “For now, we’re not aware of the danger that awaits us. I feel like I’m talking to a wall. We seem to like being in difficult situations to do what needs to be done. Today, we’re in the deepest part of the hole, and that’s good. We’ll see what we’re capable of. I’m not happy, but I trust my players. It’s up to us to do the job, as they say.”
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