Press conference

Farioli: "Not a positive evening"

Francesco Farioli spoke to the media after Nice's (3-1) defeat against Le Havre this Saturday evening.

Coach, the defeat, Jean-Clair Todibo's red card: can we say that this evening was a disaster?

It's certain that the evening wasn't positive. There were mistakes, it happens. We won't blame anyone in particular. We had the right mindset; unfortunately, it wasn't our best match of the season. The team gave their all on the field. I have no complaints. It saddens me because after Le Havre's opener, we had several opportunities to equalise, we could have even scored several goals. We conceded a second goal, and when it went 3-0 after the break, it became very tough. We tried everything until the end, unfortunately, it wasn't enough. It's a match to forget because in three days, we face Lens, an important opponent, who will come to play their game. We need to recharge and take a few lessons. Our team needs to be 100% every time, individually and collectively, to achieve results.

What have you learned about your team tonight?

We're aware that we always need to be at 101% in terms of concentration on the field. It's a tough league; we know that every team can pose a challenge. The second goal is a situation we spend hours studying. Unfortunately, we conceded a counter-attack and paid a high price for it. Beyond a lesson, it's mostly serves to confirm certain things. We need maximum concentration levels and nervous tension constantly at the limit. If we want to play as we intend, we need to be 100% physically and mentally in every match. When we're slightly below, or as tonight, when we face a team on top, matches become very difficult. We should congratulate Le Havre for their performance. We'll lift our heads and prepare for the next match.

This is the second time Le Gym have trailed and the second time you have been defeated, after Nantes. Does your team struggle to implement its game plan once they're behind?

In the first half, we had two clear chances in the opponent's six-yard box with Pablo Rosario and Jérémie Boga. We had 8 or 9 corners in the first half. The team reacted, created chances. However, converting them into goals is another thing. Last Sunday, even after Reims' equaliser, the team continued to play. Tonight wasn't a positive evening for several reasons. There's no need to look further than that. We need to focus on the Lens match and prepare well for it.

What happened with Terem Moffi and Morgan Sanson?

Yesterday, during the last training session, we had two issues with Terem Moffi and Morgan Sanson. For Sanson, it was a knee problem that was resolved this morning. For Moffi, it was a minor muscular issue. We included him in the squad as we were hopeful, but the issue confirmed itself, so he stayed in Nice to train and recover.

Dante was targeted by Le Havre's pressing again...

Other teams study us, as we study them. Everyone tries to find solutions. I don't think pressing Dante poses more problems than that. If the team didn't create chances, it would be problematic, but tonight that wasn't the case. It's nothing in particular, every coach looks for ideas to implement on the field.

In the first half, Pablo Rosario played further forward and Youssouf Ndayishimiye deeper. It created a gap in the midfield. Is that why you substituted Youssouf at half-time?

Regarding Youssouf, it was to have more attacking players on the field. In midfield, with Hicham Boudaoui, Morgan Sanson, and Pablo Rosario, we had a slightly more attacking set-up. Regarding the distance between Rosario and Ndayishimiye, that was the point where we suffered the most today. We lacked the connection between these two players. The second goal came from that. It was more of an issue with the build-up from the back rather than positioning in the middle of the field.