It’s official, Nancy’s coach Fernandez realized that this team is going nowhere, that the people with decision power at the club gave up hopes and finally gave up himself. There will be an interim coach for Nancy for this game, and most probably next week the successor will be announced.
They loaned playmaker and most dangerous player Mollo to St Etienne, a very strange decision, most probably bevcuase of internal conflicts. Central defender and captain Andre Luiz will also leave, this will be his final game with Nancy. More transfers are announced but until now nothing is set in stone. At the end of the season most probably Nancy will end up in Ligue2, but until things will settle down and we will see the exact players that will enter the field, it will be hard to analyze and predict their behavior.
One thing is for sure, many of those that are rumored to leave the club will play in this game, most probably this will be their last game as well. The dedication of Nancy’s players now will be higher than ever and the demands of the fans will surely raise the standards.
Although it may not seen this way, Lille can be the perfect opponent for a determined and savage Nancy. Keeper Landreau left since December, fullback Debuchy is gone to Newcastle, midfielders Kalou and Mendes are away on international duty at African Cup of Nations.
Kalou will be heavily missed as he was the only one that added speed to Lille’s actions.
It is strange to say that as Kalou is not really a speedy player, now imagine the agility of the rest of Lille’s players. They rely mostly on midfielder Martin’s long passes for forward Roux that always misses the target. Otherwise defensive midfielder Balmont and winger Payet have many long shot attempts than and up miles away. This is Lille’s strategy. It is no wonder that at the moment they struggle somewhere in the middle of the table. The defense easily ends up under pressure, and now with Debuchy gone, it will be more harder for them to keep a clean sheet.
Nancy’s players will die on the field in this game, they will be willing to give their last breath for a good result. Having an opponent without much insensitivity and speed drastically increases nancy’s chances of getting something from this encounter. Draw no bet on the home side or just double chance, you make your pick.