New FC Nantes coach, Raymond Domenech arrives at a club that had tackled him on social networks in reference to the Knysna fiasco with the Blues.
The famous bus, which was also a coach, went around the world. In the middle of the World Cup, the players of the France team went on strike and refused to get out of the vehicle to face the journalists. The coach, Raymond Domenech, is responsible for reading a “players’ statement”, in his own words, in front of the press. These moments will remain as a trauma for French football, and Domenech will no longer sit on a bench … until today, at FC Nantes. Ironically, the Nantes club had tackled this fiasco with the Blues in November 2017.
Canaries president Waldermar Kita called his trainer Claudio Ranieri a “Mercedes”, comparing him to his predecessor Michel Der Zakarian, a “two-horse”. Before a match against Paris Saint-Germain, Ranieri had joked about his strategy to come against the Parisian ogre, speaking of parking “the double bus” in front of the cages. In football jargon, it means playing defense first. The tactics did not pay off since PSG won 4-1 at the Parc des Princes. “In the end, Mercedes’ double-bus strategy did not do better than all the small 2CVs,” tweeted a hilarious Domenech, openly tackling Ranieri.
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Scathing reply from the official FC Nantes account an hour later: “Not sure that you are in the best position to talk about the bus.” A joke to which Raymond Domenech never answered, and which he digested enough to take the reins of the Nantes team three years later.