The premieres of Ghoulam and Delort during Angers – Nantes
Three days after gleaning a point in Lorient (0-0) and stopped their series of defeats in L1 (13), the Angevins, 20th at 10 points from the first non-relegation player, approach the Coupe de France as “ a small brightening in our greyness “, according to Abdel Bouhazama.
If his “ first objective is to maintain “, the SCO coach, who twice led the under-19s of Saint-Étienne to the Gambardella final (lost in 2011 and 2012), does not intend to let go of this match, even if he should turn for the reception of Auxerre (19th), Sunday in L1. Coming into play in Lorient, rookie Faouzi Ghoulam, Pierrick Capelle and Abdallah Sima should start, as should Haris Sabanovic and Ousmane Camara.
Nantes recovers Chirivella
On the Nantes side, after two entries against OM (0-2, last Wednesday) and in Ajaccio, Sunday, where he participated in the action leading to the 2-0 penalty, Andy Delort should also be ready to start. The FCN comes out of a week with four points in three Championship matches during which Antoine Kombouaré made four changes from one match to another to manage his men and the facelift operated in the transfer window (Mollet, Hadjam, Joao Victor, Delort ).
Prepare well for the first leg of the Europa League in Turin against Juventus, on February 16, going through the derby in Angers, Wednesday evening in the Cup, before Lorient in L1 on Sunday. Nantes is still hungry for the event it is holding, and if it is deprived of Moses Simon (thigh), Kombouaré recovers Pedro Chirivella, while Nicolas Pallois (sprained knee) is in the recovery phase.