The good news for FC Nantes? The Canaries ended an ugly five-game losing streak at Beaujoire in all competitions, the worst in club history. But this 0-0 conceded Saturday night against Metz was far from satisfying Christian Gourcuff, who did not hide his huge disappointment at a press conference.
“You have to be honest: I experienced 90 minutes of suffering, said the Canaries’ coach, reports Ocean Press. In the expression of our game there have been too many shortcomings, approximations, a static game which does not allow to control the game. The only good news tonight is to have found (with the return of Nicolas Pallois, note) a defensive axis that allowed us not to concede a goal and to take a point. (…) We have shown insufficiencies and sufficiency. We cannot afford to be so detached. Being static makes things more complicated on the technical side. And there, many limits appear. The only offensive situations came almost exclusively from Moses Simon. “
“We can’t go on like this”
Gourcuff was deprived for this meeting of Renaud Emond, the center forward recruited in January, who still has not scored in Ligue 1. He revived Kalifa Coulibaly, injured since the start of the calendar year, who played a hour before giving way to Ludovic Blas, the team’s top scorer, left on the bench at kick-off. “You have to face it, there’s no point in making a com’: this match should serve as a trigger, Gourcuff plague. We can’t go on like this. OK, there are players coming back from injury but we can’t ignore that. (…) When each pass is complicated, you cannot have fluency. When it takes three to four touches to get the ball out, it’s complicated. I experienced it as a nightmare. “
The statistics in favor of the Canaries (56% possession of the ball, 18 shots, 7 on target) are a decoy. Abdoulaye Touré’s teammates were essentially dangerous on long shots, or on a set kick. ” We had the upper hand in the game but it is an illusion because we did not have a real mastery, Gourcuff J. If each pass is complicated, it is impossible to weigh, except on individual action. “
While Nantes timidly dreamed of Europe after a surprising start to the season, Canaries slipped from 5th to 10th place in a few weeks, with this series of five games without a win. But for Gourcuff, it’s more the content that is worrying. “It was only the truth of a match, we showed other things in other circumstances not so long ago, barely tempers the Breton technician. We have to face reality: it is not by looking for red herrings that we advance. What is certain is that we cannot repeat the same performance next Saturday in Marseille … “