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Ligue 1 / Nantes – PSG: Gourcuff is “in the dark”

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 29, 2020
Confront Paris Saint-Germain (1st, 18 points) is not a piece of cake. But approaching it without its “typical” defense is even less so. Before facing the club in the capital in an even more complicated health context, Christian Gourcuff (65) addressed the difficulty of juggling between cases of Covid-19, postponements and the absence of supporters. This Thursday noon, in a pre-match press conference, the Breton made an inventory of the players withdrawn from the match counting for the 9th day of the Ligue 1 championship : ” Sébastien Corchia was diagnosed positive on Tuesday. Andrei Girotto and Fabio also caught the virus a few days ago. Nicolas Pallois is suspended, Kalifa Coulibaly has just resumed individual training. Anthony Limbombe is still recovering. “

In other words, FC Nantes advances with a completely decimated defense. A week after the postponement of their match against Lens, due to too many positive cases in the northern ranks, the Yellow and Green (15th, 8 points) will have to find a way to compete with the Parisians who should do without Neymar, injured adductor. To do so, Mehdi Abeid, however defensive midfielder, should go down a notch and form the central hinge with Jean-Charles Castelletto. Jean-Kévin Augustin, one of the last Nantes recruits, should be at the forefront of the attack against his training club.

During this press briefing, Christian Gourcuff spoke of the “vagueness” that surrounds him vis-à-vis the circulation of the virus. To date, three positive cases previously cited, are to be deplored but the results of the last tests carried out Thursday and expected in the evening, may change the situation.We do tests on Thursday but at three hours before the match, we may have symptoms, regrets the coach of the Canaries. We no longer control much anyway, we move forward from day to day.

Gourcuff also expressed his regret over the current regulations which dictate that a match can be played if 20 out of 30 players in the workforce are negative. ” It’s not the number that counts. The handicap is mainly in the quality of the absent players, notes the coach. If they are major players for example and who evolve in the same sector of play, well that penalizes the team more. We’re going to do it like that, we’re looking for points. I expect my team to be playful, rigorous and united. We are ambitious but realistic. “You have to know how to be content with a little Nantes side …