The day after a season marked by a trophy won with the 2022 Coupe de France, FC Nantes is entering the 2022/23 Ligue 1 season with renewed ambitions after a few complicated years. With the return of a high-level formation as well as arrivals already concluded which seem to be consistent with the strategy of the Canaries for a few months, FC Nantes could have new ambitions this season and hope to settle in the long term. a first part of the Ligue 1 table finally found last season. Zoom on the Nantes transfer window, the calendar for the next season and ambitions for the Canaries during this new exercise.
The results of FC Nantes last season
A few weeks after the end of the 2021/22 season, FC Nantes is preparing for next season, on the strength of its interesting results over the last financial year. Apart from the victory in the national cup, Antoine Kombouaré’s men have had a decent season in the league. Fairly regular with also a lot of success at home (only four defeats against Lille, Marseille, Nice and Lyon), the people of Nantes have above all been able to beat the opponents within their reach to ensure a good capital of points.
The Canaries also achieved some very fine exploits, notably capable of beating Paris Saint-Germain as well as Stade Rennais at home.
The movements of the off-season
With the announced end of Randal Kolo Muani’s contract, certain loan ends (Geubbels, Cyprien) and other departures or end of contracts such as that of Kalifa Coulibaly, the transfer window on the departure side was not very busy in Loire -Atlantic.
With some loan returns to bring youth to the group and the arrival of Mostafa Mohamed in defense or Evann Guessand on loan from OGC Nice,
Arrivals: Mohamaed (Galatasaray), Guessand (Nice, loan), Sissoko (Watford), Kader Bamba, Ndilu (loan returns), Affamah, Yépié Yépié, Voisine, Doucet, Achi (reserve)
Departures : Pereira de Sa (Sochaux), Augustin (FC Basel), Bukari (Belgrade, €2m), Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Coulibaly (end of contract), Cyprien, Geubbels (loan returns)
FC Nantes squad for the 2022/23 season
Guardians : Lafont, Descamps, Petric
Defenders : Castelletto, Traoré, Sylla, Fabio, Merlin, Girotto, Appiah, Corchia, Pallois, Voisine
Environments : Sissoko, Simon, Blas, Moutoussamy, Chirivella, Coco, Achi, Doucet, Yépié Yépié
Attackers : Mohamed, Guessand, Manvelyan, Kader Bamba, Ndilu, Affamah
FC Nantes: ambitions and ranking
After a great season like last year, it is clear that FC Nantes must try to achieve such a performance again for this exercise. With a transfer window that seems to be interesting to replace the departure of the providential man Kolo Muani, FC Nantes will not have really weakened and the management could even take the opportunity to make a few moves and try to be competitive for this season.
With the European Cup also to be played, the season will obviously be much more complicated to negotiate and the workforce must be reinforced to be able to play on both counts. With a lot of creativity in the midst of interesting players like Simon, Blas, Chirivella or even Coco, the offensive potential of the Canaries is beyond doubt, its defensive solidity remains in question. In front of Alban Lafont, the five-man system proposed last season by Kombouaré could be renewed to try to play the card of continuity.
As for the preparation matches, the Nantes people first lost to Guingamp on July 13 with an extremely young composition before fielding a team that should look like the reference eleven next season and a net success with two goals. zero against Lorient.
Player to watch: Evan Guessand
Reduced to very short appearances in Ligue 1 last season with Nice, the player trained in Nice arrives in Loire-Atlantique, on loan from Nice, with the firm intention of establishing himself in the elite. Attracted to try to replace Randal Kolo Muani, the task will be very big for the player trained on the Côte d’Azur who, at only 21 years old, has only one goal in Ligue 1.
The FC Nantes calendar for the 2022/23 season
An essential team in the French championship, FC Nantes will have key meetings in its season, here are the main ones not to be missed:
Matchday 3: 20/08/2022, Olympique de Marseille – FC Nantes
Matchday 6: 09/14/2022, FC Nantes – Paris Saint-Germain
Matchday 9: 02/10/2022, AS Monaco – FC Nantes
Matchday 18: 11/01/2023, FC Nantes – Olympique Lyonnais
Matchday 26: 05/03/2023, Paris Saint-Germain – FC Nantes
Matchday 37: 05/27/2023, Lille OSC – FC Nantes