Nantes’ long, exhausting voyage in the Europa League
An armed group to have it both ways?
On the other hand, this will not be the situation for Nantes on Thursday. Even if Kombouaré were to carry out a modest personnel change, in particular regarding the prospective extension of Samuel Moutoussamy and Mostafa Mohamed’s contracts, the team would still be competitive. The small Canaries have certainly gained appetite and drive as a result of their first-ever victory, which they earned against Olympiakos by a score of 2-1. Who, in addition, do not want to become the first team in France to lose to Qarabag, whose record against teams from Ligue 1 shows three draws and five defeats. The most recent two matches to date versus Olympique de Marseille, which was also consulted for some logistical guidance, were played during the previous season, including a very dry 3-0 victory in Baku.
This a demonstration that, despite the great distance, it is not impossible to depart Azerbaijan with several points remaining in your account. In addition to this, Kombouaré has never tried to hide the fact that he has high hopes for the Europa League: “Now I know my group much better. Today, I feel that we are equipped to play on both counts, and the goal is to have a successful European campaign, and most importantly, to continue to do well in the Ligue 1 championship. I believe that we are equipped to compete on both counts. This necessitates a successful outcome in Baku, where the Nantes coach will have the opportunity to mention that travel may also serve as a kind of education for young people.