the metamorphosis of Nantes, "japonized" by Vahid Halilhodzic


Net winner of Guingamp, FC Nantes climbed to the 10th rank of the championship. The former coach of Japan is pleased to have brought a rigor to a shipwrecked team when he arrived a month ago.

Author of ten goals this season, Emiliano Sala is the strongman of the Nantes attack.

Arriving in commando operation at the bedside of his former club, Vahid Halilhodzic began his term with a speech inspired by Winston Churchill, promising "Work and suffering" to his players stuck at the 19e place of the ranking. There was no time for tears: since his arrival, his players have scored nine points in four Ligue 1 games and have recovered, thanks to a 5-0 success against Guingamp Sunday, November 4, in tenth place of the rank.

Better still, the Canaries are currently lying the defensive reputation of their coach, and chained the cards: 4-0 against Toulouse, 3-0 in the Coupe de la Ligue against Montpellier, 5-0 against Guingamp. It's simple, in Ligue 1, the Nantes score more than everyone else, PSG except, since the arrival of the former Nantes striker on the bench. Almost three goals per game, when under Miguel Cardoso, the same players were satisfied with one.

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"We have a little" japonized "Nantes, and it paid off"

The Bosnian technician, known for his rigorous and needy method, first witnessed helplessly the sinking of his team in Bordeaux, for his taking office. " We start from a distance, on all fronts "he lamented after losing 3-0. Claiming the extra effort and evidence of pride from his players, Vahid Halilhodzic seemed to be on the brink of a nightmare.

More pragmatic than his predecessor Miguel Cardoso, remained faithful to the end of his short term to his ambitious game ideas, the Bosnian coach has quickly obtained the support of his players. "I really like the work we do with him. We have changed a lot in mentality, work and intensity. We feel good physically and mentally ", says defender Diego Carlos.

"I think we have a little" japanized "Nantes in the work, in the behavior, in the respect, in the punctuality, and it paid, said the former coach of Japan in a press conference on Sunday. It's not a magic wand, that's for sure, because there was a little bit of work. "

Solid defense

Although FC Nantes have averaged more than three goals per game in recent weeks, his coach continues to repeat that everything starts from the defense. Since the heavy defeat against Bordeaux, the Canaries conceded only one goal. Much better than at the beginning of the season, when the Nantes defense took the water every game or almost. Forgotten the long phases of possession, often barren, of the beginning of the season. Now FC Nantes plays lower, waiting for his opponent but manages each time to make the difference in counterattack.

In addition to its defensive base and the best involvement of its players, FC Nantes has fun in the wake of an exceptional Emiliano Sala, second best scorer in the league with ten achievements. And the entire workforce has regained confidence. Valentin Rongier, scorer against Guingamp, abounded in this sense after the meeting: "If I mark it is that it's really good sign. The whole team feels good right now. "

Back in a mid-table that sticks more to the ambitions of the club, the Nantais will have to confirm over time. And if relations with the ubiquitous President Waldemar Kita are currently in good shape, they will certainly be scrutinized during the first stir in the season of FC Nantes.

"We must keep a lot of humility, but I think they are aware of it, Halilhodzic said. And then, every day, I give them a little pedagogical and psychological pique to tell them "pay attention, guys, when you inflate very quickly, it's fart!" "


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