Lens, Vitré, Monaco, Brest, Lorient, Bastia and Reims. The table of FC Nantes at home is well stocked. With the exception of Monaco which had taken the point of a draw in January, all these teams came to break their teeth at La Beaujoire. With the Coupe de France, the Canaries have now been unbeaten at home for seven games. A statistic that is starting to speak. Admittedly, these opponents are not PSG. Certainly, the FCN has sometimes shown fragility during some of these meetings. But the score is there. And the Yellow and Green occupy 9th place in Ligue 1, just two points behind the neighbor and Breton enemy, Stade Rennais (5th).
Could La Beaujoire begin to take the form of a fortress? For the Nantes playmaker, Ludovic Blas, this presence of supporters pushes the team. “I have the Lens match in mind (3-2 victory). If it’s behind closed doors, we don’t win this game. It’s important for us to see them there, present to encourage us. “Before facing a confident PSG after their victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League (1-0), the FCN wants to show an uninhibited face. Like the coach of the Canaries, Antoine Kombouaré: “I expect a lot of things. I’m waiting for us to grow up, I’m waiting to emerge victorious from this confrontation, even if I know it’s going to be complicated. »
“We have never been so strong”
Solid in defense (6th in the championship), FC Nantes will have a lot to do to resist the attacks of the Parisian offensives. Especially since the famous triplet Messi, Neymar M’Bappé should make his return. It will also be Neymar’s very first match at La Beaujoire, since his arrival at PSG. “It is useless to talk about Paris. Paris is a big team. It will be up to us to put on a big game and be present. Not to be afraid, quite simply, ”says Ludovic Blas, author of seven league goals this season.
Impressed by the Parisians’ match against Real, the Nantes technician should line up his defense at five. A system that will delight Nantes, even if they seem less sharp for a few games and showing some signs of feverishness, especially against Reims last weekend, and against Bastia in the Coupe de France. An FCN less strong in its collective expression? “Not in agreement”, replies the Nantes coach. “I think we’ve never been stronger than lately. The proof is that even in difficulty, we win our matches. Today, I feel really strong. »
The roller coaster facing Paris?
Without always being convincing, FC Nantes has learned to win its matches. A bit like Paris-Saint-Germain, not always as flamboyant as their supporters might hope, but always clinical. They proved it again against Rennes last Friday, winning in the last moments. Stade Rennais which is still the only team to have beaten Paris this season. But Antoine Kombouaré has already demonstrated that he loves challenges: “It’s a huge challenge ahead of us. We want to do something big. Anyway, we will have to be huge, strong, ”concludes the FCN coach. And why not the roller coaster at La Beaujoire, in a stadium that will be packed.