On the verge of relegation last season, FC Nantes is now in the race for qualification for the European Cup. At a time when football is once again showing us that everything can go quickly in one direction or the other, the Canaries are savoring their rebirth. And once again, Antoine Kombouaré’s men were able to bend Paris Saint-Germain. Last season, it was at the Parc des Princes. This time it was at La Beaujoire. And what a game!
The Canaries led 3-0 at half-time and held on to win 3-1. Lafont? The former Fiorentina goalkeeper was simply magical. Rated 9.5/10 by our editorial staff, he allowed his people to avoid a return of the Parisians, winning several face-to-face encounters with Bernat (3rd), Messi (8th), Mbappé (20th, 54th), Gueye (25th), Neymar (28th), Draxler (84th) and Di Maria (87th). All without forgetting the completely missed penalty from Neymar (59th). Moreover, for the small statistics, Opta tells us that Lafont has stopped 3 of the last 4 penalties whistled in Ligue 1, all teams combined.
Lafont disgusted the stars of PSG
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Inevitably, the person concerned savored in the mixed zone, while maintaining a certain restraint. “I am very happy with my performance. I work to make this kind of game. You have to try to do as much as possible. I live it like a championship game. Admittedly, it’s against PSG, it’s more publicized, but there are three points at stake. I try to give the maximum in each game. I think it’s one of my best matches since I became a professional: whether in the euphoria of the stadium, we have a great group. As long as my parents are happy with me, the coach too, the grades I don’t care a bit..
His trainer, Antoine Kombouaré, on the other hand, was much more enthusiastic with his player. “It’s true that we were super efficient from the start, super realistic, I think our first two shots on target hit the mark, and they fell on a very, very tall Alban. (…) Once again, everyone is very strong but Alban in particular, until the penalty where he ended up disgusting the attackers. He is gaining momentum especially since the start of the season and if today we have this ranking, if we are very strong defensively, it has a lot to do with it. His work is to be highlighted”. Lafont will appreciate.