To improve their disappointing start to the season, Nantes appointed the former France manager over the winter break, and the full-back believes the manager could kick-start his side’s new beginning.
“My feeling from inside the team is, that it has been a great start with our new coach, and we needed a new beginning like this to kick-start our season,”
“No doubt that now we feel much more confident on the pitch, we are more compact as a team - and our team spirit is definitely growing.
“We were disappointed not to win away against Montpellier, but we have two draws from the first two league games with our new coach, and that is a start we can build on. I believe that the results will come now.
“We feel that we are getting closer to the level where we should be - and now we must do everything to get the three points because in the end that is all that matters. Again, in general - except from not winning the game against Montpellier - I was quite satisfied with the performance of the team and my own performance as well.”
The France international proved himself as one of the Ligue 1 best right-backs, and he hopes this will continue under
“It is always nice to get noticed by others for your performances, but the most important is the feeling inside yourself, that you feel you can help the team,”
“Our new coach gives great importance to us as the full-backs. We can go forward and create opportunities, look for space where to hurt the opponent with runs, crosses, passes, and also shooting - and that is exactly my style as a right-back.
“Of course, first of all we are defenders and must defend well and do our job to make the team defence difficult to break down.
“I feel important with my new coach, and it gives me more confidence for sure. With my experience I believe, that being in my best age as a football player I expect to play the best football of my career now. I am sure, that I am not the only one. I believe we will grow now as a team and get to a position in the league table, where we belong.”
As a part of his bigger responsibilities,
has been putten in charge of set-pieces for
“I am enjoying taking free kicks again, and I believe that I can help the team with my set-pieces,”
“Now I train on my set-pieces a lot and I want to be even more dangerous with my right foot, creating chances, making assists - and hopefully I can soon open my Nantes account as a goal scorer - like I did with Lille.”