Kombouaré, Nantes must be wary

If the victory won in Angers, Sunday, is hopeful, the latest experiences of Antoine Kombouaré invite caution.

The Kombouaré effect was not long in coming. Called to the rescue to revive a FC Nantes completely at a standstill, Antoine Kombouaré only needed 72 hours to allow the Canaries to clinch their first victory since November 8 and thus put an end to the worst black series in the history of the club with no less than 18 matches without success.

Failing to be sufficient to get out of the relegation zone, the FCN still pointing to 18th place in the Ligue 1 standings at two lengths of Lorient, this victory won at Angers (1-3) necessarily gave new hope. The people of Nantes, however, would have every interest in remaining vigilant. As evidenced by his recent experiences at Dijon and Toulouse, where the former central defender landed there also during the season in order to rectify a badly embarked situation.

Arriving on the Dijon bench in January 2019 just a few weeks after being landed in Guingamp, Antoine Kombouaré started his adventure with a draw against Montpellier (1-1) then a success against Monaco (2-0). And this before going on nine matches without a single victory, including no less than eight defeats. Rebelote in Toulouse last season when the Neo-Caledonian landed in October to replace Alain Casanova. An arrival embellished with a victory against Lille (2-1), five days later. Fall may have only started a few weeks ago, but it was the last of the season. No less than 18 games without a win, including 17 defeats, would follow.

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