Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Rovers Will Face a Tough Nancy

Rovers Will Face a Tough Nancy

AS Nancy Lorraine is a fairly recent addition to French football having been founded in 1967. They do not have a great history of success either. However, it would appear their reputation is growing with every game this season.

It is only their second season back in Lique 1, the top French division, having earned promotion due to winning Lique 2 in 2005. They currently sit in third spot and they deserve it. Manager, Pablo Correa, has built this season`s success on defence. In 13 fixtures they have only conceded eight goals.

Their games are notoriously tight fixtures. As well as only conceding eight goals they have only scored 13 in all competitions.

They qualified for this season`s UEFA Cup by winning the Coupe de la Ligue, the French League Cup last season.

Nancy have become familiar with English settings which will no doubt aid their preparations for the match at Ewood Park. They played both Birmingham and Hull during pre-season. Both games finished 1-1. Perhaps Mark Hughes will contact ex-Rovers like David Dunn for some information.

Nancy, despite their, short history have been graced by one of the greatest French footballers of all time. Michel Platini played for the club from 1973 until 1979 during which time they won one of their four Lique 2 titles and their only French Cup success in 1978.

Irish hero, Tony Cascarino also played for the club from 1997-2000. Another familiar name on British shores, Mustapha Hadji, formerly of Coventry City and Aston Villa, also represented Nancy.

So how does their current squad measure up and what can we expect from France`s most improved side?

Well their squad doesn`t boast any outstanding names that are recognised on an international stage. They have a predominantly French squad with the added flair of three Brazilians and three Uruguay`s, one of which, Gaston Cuerbelo, is the joint top-goalscorer with three goals. He generally leads the line in a 5-3-2 formation.

He is supported by 25 year old Monsef Zerka in attack with the explosive talent of Benjamin Gavanon, who also has three goals this season arriving from midfield.

Gavanon is perhaps the brightest talent along with defender Michael Chretien. Gavanon recently came second in the French player of the month and has experience of playing in England due to a loan spell with Nottingham Forest in the 2002-2003 season. He arrived at the City Ground in January 2003 but failed to break into the first team.

Nancy have a lot of tough and resolute players in their ranks, exemplified by their tight defence, but also through their poor discipline. Already this season they have had four players sent off in all competitions.

This should make for an interesting clash when considering Rovers` notorious discipline record. Pape Diakhate is a particularly imposing figure at the back, often cautioned by the referee.

The fact that Nancy are playing away will be of huge benefit for Rovers as they are yet to win a game on the road and have only managed to produce two away goals. They are at their most dangerous when at home in the Stade Marcel Picot.

When they play away they look to stifle the opposition with defensive and negative tactics. They will no doubt come to Ewood Park with a packed defence and robust midfield aiming to starve Rovers of any creativity. They may not have won away from home but they have taken points from three fixtures and held top clubs like Lyon to close games.

In fact their last match was away at Lyon and they surprisingly played three up-front. It has been described as a keenly fought contest and Nancy were never out of the game.

John William`s described Wisla Krakow as the dark horses of this group but it would that Nancy won`t be a push-over. Erwin Koeman, the Feyenoord coach, certainly felt this when the draw was made. He singled out Nancy as the chief threat in the group.


CLICK
HERE - For Why You Should Sign Up To Vital Blackburn

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Roversman
Date:Wednesday November 1 2006
Time: 12:00PM

Comments

0
They will be tough but just like Basel they don't seem to travel well. If we can rediscover our form and scoring then I believe we will gain maximum points from this fixture. Lets just hope that we have a little more luck against a French side than the last time we did against Lyon.
roversman
01/11/2006 12:06:00
0
lol but thats lyon there just awesome i think if we do score first we will win and play how we have for the last few games
marshinrover
01/11/2006 12:33:00
0
doesnt the top 10 posters borad get reset every month ?
marshinrover
01/11/2006 12:34:00
0
yeah I know I was thinking that this morn.....maybe there is a delay due to the probs earlier in the week
roversman
01/11/2006 12:35:00
0
I'd totally not noticed that until you guys said!
Hughes Da Man
01/11/2006 15:50:00
0
Hopefully by the time Nancy are faced our fate will be, or will at least nearly be sorted.
Hughes Da Man
01/11/2006 15:51:00
0
That is what I hope as well. A win on thurs and a point in Rotterdam will all but put us through.
roversman
01/11/2006 16:22:00
0
I think a win on Thursday will all but be enough anyway personally.
Hughes Da Man
01/11/2006 18:50:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Audio - Lambert On Rotherham

Having announced his intention to quit Blackburn Rovers this summer owing to off pitch issues that he's often spoke about, manager Paul Lambert...

Stats: Rotherham v Blackburn

All the stats from Rotherham (0) vs (1) Blackburn, New York Stadium, 30/4/16 Att: 11,035

Rotherham v Blackburn - Team Sheets

Rotherham are at the New York Stadium with Blackburn the visitors today, this is a 3pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Blackburn - Premier League Free Transfers 2015/16

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should Blackburn Rovers be interested in any of the following free transfers?

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile
Mikey Delap
no email
Profile
Sasman!
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rotherham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele0%
Lowe0%
Duffy0%
Hanley50%
Kilgallon0%
Marshall0%
Lenihan50%
Jordi Gomez0%
Grimes0%
Bennett0%
Graham0%
Sub - Jackson0%
Sub - Evans0%
Sub - Conway0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
2 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship