Nantes head coach Antoine Kombouare labelled his players “a sh***y team” on Sunday as he took a dramatic swipe at the group two weeks ahead of the Coupe de France final.
There will be glory in their sights at the Stade de France on April 29 when Nantes tackle Toulouse for cup honours.
However, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Kombouare tore into his side in a television interview after the 2-1 loss at Auxerre on Ligue 1 duty that left Nantes 15th in the table.
The 59-year-old told Prime Video: “Today the players aren’t concerned by survival because, up to now… imagine, you got to the 16th finals of the Europa League, you’re going to the Stade de France in two weeks.
“But apparently they would prefer for us to be up the creek and find ourselves 17th to be able to wake up.
“They like to play with the pressure so we’re going to laugh. In any case today, I hear those from Auxerre say that we are a good team but no, we are a sh****y team!”
Nantes saw their Europa League campaign ended by Juventus in February when they lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Italian giants.
They have not won a domestic league match since February 12 when they scored a 1-0 home victory over Lorient, taking three points from a possible 24 since.
It is a run that has left relegation a distinct possibility, with Nantes just two points clear of the drop zone, which contains the bottom four sides for this season as Ligue 1 makes the change to an 18-team league from the 2023-24 season.
They will be seeking back-to-back Coupe de France titles, having beaten Nice 1-0 in last season’s final.
- Soccer News Like
- Be the first of your friends!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.
You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.