Nantes – OGC Nice: Au Revoir to the Last Undefeated Team in Ligue 1 (1-0)

OGC Nice for much of the season had felt like an inevitable force, winning games by a single inescapable goal. Their visit to Nantes was a chance to return to the top of the table against a side that had not won in their last four fixtures and only two days before appointing a new manager.
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.

Unfortunately before discussing the game, we have to mention what occurred before the match, as a Nantes fan was stabbed in an assault near the stadium. The fan was reportedly transported to a local hospital in a critical condition and was later pronounced dead last night. Our thoughts are with the victim, their family, and loved ones at this time, in what marks another horrifying incident in a worrying trend within French football.

Despite being positioned in eleventh, a string of poor results brought an early end to Pierre Aristouy’s time as Nantes manager. His efforts in rescuing the club from relegation last season were long forgotten after three losses in a row and a draw at home to ten-man Le Havre sealed his fate. In his place, former Guingamp and Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec was brought in to . . .

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Nick Hartland is a freelance writer focusing on French football. You can find him @NickHartland_ on Twitter. [ View all posts ]


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