Nice, Nantes, Monaco – “Anger”, dumplings and scuttling: A blue Thursday that turns ridiculous

It was a Thursday that ended up being ridiculous for French clubs in the European Cup. Fortunately, Rennes saved the honor against kyiv in Krakow with a victory which ensures them to see, at least, the 16th finals. For the rest, it was a string of wasted opportunities and bullets fired in the foot. We still wonder how Nice was able to lose the battle against Slovacko (1-2), 11th in the Czech championship, how Monaco was able to take four in Turkey (4-0), even though, according to Opta quoted by the Team, the number of goals for Trabzonspor was to be limited to 0.82 in this meeting, or how Nantes was able, at this point, to cut the current after a rather exciting first period against Friborg (0-4). Three meetings which ended with an aggregate score of 10 goals to 1 in favor of the opponents of the Ligue 1 clubs.
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Nantes hit the uprights twice before seeing the damage on each of the German chances. What discourage Antoine Kombouaré and the Canaries already in bad shape in the championship: “We are disappointed, there is anger because we have to do much betternoted the coach. We talk about realism, efficiency, that’s what we have to learn from this Friborg team. They have six shots on target and four goals and we have three shots on target and zero goals.” What is striking is also, and above all, the way Nantes completely gave up. The defeat turned into a spanking with three goals conceded in 16 minutes.

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Monaco sank


Fribourg, easy winner of Nantes in the Europa League

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We concede a goal that we can’t concede

The observation is essentially the same for Monaco, which literally collapsed. With his hand on the lawn of Trabzonspor during the first half hour, Ben Yedder’s teammates dominated their subject. Then, the complete black hole. Three goals conceded in 13 minutes even though the Turks had not yet shown the end of their nose. And it was ASM that shot itself in the foot. All alone like a big one. Alexander Nübel in this case. The goalkeeper, at no time under pressure, sent his clearance on the unfortunate Malang Sarr.

Result, an improbable goal against his camp which tipped the meeting. “We concede a goal that we can’t concedecommented a scathing Philippe Clement. It’s clear for everyone, it’s clear for Alex (note: Nübel). (…) We stopped playing as we can play. And that’s a big lesson today: when you want to play one by one, to force things, you don’t play well.

Mistakes galore

Between the marking error on the second goal, Vanderson’s missed interception on the fourth, the slip of Nantes’ Jean-Charles Castelletto, the hand fouls of Alban Lafont, the expulsion of Jean-Clair Todibo, walls Nice and Nantes which are crumbling: the dumplings are chained to offer a fiasco evening to French football.

In the first half, we had our worst performance since the start of the competition“, summed up the coach of the 11th in the Czech championship, Slovacko. But that was not enough for Nice … “We must lead 3-0 at half-time, raged Lucien Favre after the meeting. We lead 1-0, we have to hold on. That’s all. The two goals conceded are avoidable. It’s hard to digest, that’s for sure.”

Still, Monaco and Nice still have their destiny in hand, it will be more complicated for Nantes who, despite everything, retain a tiny hope. In view of this Thursday, it’s a small miracle

Jean-Clair Todibo and Nice were jostled by Slovacko

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Clearance at close range, Sarr hit and sunk: The incredible “csc” of Monaco


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Qualification assured, all smiles in Rennes


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