Nantes – Toulouse: Toulouse Soar To Victory In The Coupe De France Final (1-5)
The current title holders of the Coupe de France were torn apart in a five-goal catastrophe. A final dominated by terrible defending and clinical set-pieces was another breathtaking example of one of the most eccentric and interesting competitions in European football, as Toulouse FC became the latest champions.
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.
FC Nantes came into the weekend with only one thought on their mind, holding onto their title as Coupe de France winners. If there were any worries about the future and the relegation battle this storied side find themselves in then they were pushed away. This was a chance to finish a difficult season with a flourish.
Antoine Kombouaré had batted away questions about his lineup and the inquiry over who would start in goal for Les Canaris with a simple statement that he would pick his best team. It was a sense of deja vu for the cup keeper Rémy Descamps as once again despite starting all their previous matches in the tournament he was left out in the final in favor of Alban Lafont.
The rest of the team lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with a backline of João Victor, Nicolas Pallois, Jean-Charles Castelletto, and Fabien Centonze. In midfield, Florent Mollet, Andrei Girotto, and Moussa Sissoko. Up front, Mostafa Mohamed as the number nine, with Moses Simon and Ludovic Blas as wingers.
Toulouse FC winners of Ligue 2 the year before have had a wonderful season reaching their first-ever cup final and looking to be safe from a complex relegation battle. This was a chance for . . .