Nantes’ coach Der Zakarian is getting desperate. He doesn’t know what to do anymore in order to liven things up in the attacking phase. Last round against Monaco young and inexperienced Bammou started in the lineup for Nantes.
Bammou moves around well and he’s got decent potential but he only arrived this summer from Lucon (3rd division) and you can’t ask too much from him, like filling the space former star striker Djordjevic left open… Bammou easily gets overwhelmed and loses his focus, just like last round when he missed a penalty.
The problem is there aren’t any decent alternatives for Nantes since Venezuelan Aristeguieta or Israeli striker Shechter aren’t any better.
The defense looks good but this can be useless since Nantes aren’t able to keep the ball in opponents’ half. Winger Gakpe seems to be the only one capable of creating dangerous situations.
For Montpellier forwards Barrios and Berigaud partnered upfront for the first time but they were mostly invisible, in-spite Montpellier winning 2-0 (against Metz). Instead, the one who stood out the most was midfielder Sanson. Sanson simply loves this situation, loves to be in the center of attention, and now with play-maker Cabella transferred-out Sanson is in the best form ever.
Montpellier were a bit fortunate to win last week, especially since Metz missed a penalty at 0-0, a penalty that could have changed the fate of the game.
Midfielder Stambouli will miss again through injury.
Montpellier seem to have a deficiency when it comes to defending counters, but most probably this won’t affect their play against Nantes, since guests won’t adventure upfront like savages and hosts lack decent firepower. Neither side will assume any risks and instead will wait for opponents to make unforced errors.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Nantes: adri, Dupé – Alhadhur, I.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Hansen, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, Nkoudou, Veretout – Aristeguieta, Bammou, Bangoura, Gakpe, Shechter
Montpellier: Jourdren, Ligali – Congré, Hilton, Tiéné, El Kaoutari, Deplagne – J.Martin, Lasne, Sanson, Saihi, Skhiri – Mounier, Bérigaud, Barrios, Montaño, So.Camara, Ribelin