Antoine Kombouare criticized his Nantes team after their 2-1 loss to Auxerre, despite having reached the final of the Coupe de France
Antoine Kombouare, the head coach of Nantes, criticized his team by calling them “a sh***y team” on Sunday. This criticism comes two weeks ahead of the Coupe de France final, where Nantes will face Toulouse for the cup honours at the Stade de France on April 29.
The loss leaves Nantes in 15th place in the Ligue 1 table. Nantes boss Antoine Kombouare, who is a former Paris Saint-Germain boss, didn’t mince words while criticizing his players.
Nantes boss worried about relegation
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 have been struggling in Ligue 1 following their exit from the Europa League by Juventus.
They have only won one league match since February 12, when they beat Lorient 1-0 at home. In their last eight matches, they have only managed to take three points out of a possible 24, which has left them in 15th place in the table.
Nantes’ recent poor form has put them in a precarious position with regards to relegation, as they are only two points above the bottom four teams in Ligue 1 this season.
This is further complicated by the fact that the league will be reduced to 18 teams from the 2023-24 season. However, the club will be hoping to defend their Coupe de France title from last season, where they beat Nice 1-0 in the final.