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Adrien, Nice supporter: “Jocelyn Gourvennec does not have the level for a club of the stature of LOSC”

For the 37th day of Ligue 1, LOSC (10th, 51 pts) moves to the Allianz Riviera on the lawn of OGC Nice (4th, 63 pts). The opportunity for Little Lille to meet our friends from Nice and more particularly Adrien, to support the Aiglons from grandmother to grandson.

Fed by the epics of OGC Nice, Adrien was born passionate about the Riviera team. A flame transmitted by his father that he himself had drawn from his mother. A real family story that encouraged him to go to the stadium from an early age. At four years old, he was already singing his love for the Aiglons. Emotions, he has experienced and is now enjoying a season with a taste of Europe.

In fourth position with 63 points on the clock, OGC Nice is having an irregular season but can still hope for qualification in the Champions League. Two days before the end of the championship, what would be your first assessment of this 2021-22 season?

Our 2021-2022 season has been generally satisfactory with a magnificent run in the Coupe de France during which we took out PSG at the Parc des Princes and Olympique de Marseille in Nice. Unfortunately, the ending did not meet our expectations. Concerning the championship, extra-sporting problems weighed on our ranking between the incidents against OM and the vagueness of our coach’s situation at the end of the season, but we are still in the race to win the precious sesame that Europe represents. We can still grab the play-off place in C1 or a qualifying place in the Europa League. Two days from the end, the season remains exciting and we, as supporters, are only asking for that!

Did you expect such a scenario?

Well no, the scenario is thrilling. In football, everything goes very quickly and you don’t have to be heartbroken… as evidenced by our victory against Saint-Etienne (4-2, editor’s note) on Wednesday with the grinta and a dose of magic necessary to end the season with a cannonball.

Would not qualifying for the Champions League or even the Europa League be a failure?

In view of our recent investments, a non-European qualification would be a huge failure, yes, we must not hide it.

“We are the best team in Ligue 1 and Christophe Galtier is not for nothing”

Two days before the end of the championship, OGC Nice must face LOSC then Stade de Reims, two teams that have nothing left to play for, do you think that the Aiglons are capable of snatching a qualification in the Ligue des Champions?

Our competitors are also advancing very quickly. We don’t have our destiny in our hands, we have to get the last six possible points and pray. Getting to third place, synonymous with play-offs, would not guarantee us a royal road to the Champions League. We should be further strengthened this summer with internationals, world-class players, to incorporate them into our group which has proven itself. Personally, the Europa League suits me very well but how can we refuse access to the Champions League if our recruitment allows us to be a minimum competitive.

In your opinion, where will OGC Nice finish at the end of the season?

In my opinion, we will finish in 4th place in Ligue 1 this season, behind Paris, Monaco and Marseille but with honors.

Landed this summer, from LOSC, after an unexpected French championship title, Christophe Galtier is the new strongman of the Côte d’Azur team, what is your opinion on his first season?

Christophe Galtier arrived and brought grinta and strength of character to a young and talented group. He was able to combine passion and tactical discipline and allowed us to be impermeable defensively. We are the best defense in Ligue 1 and it is not for nothing.

“LOSC should fear trickster Andy Delort”

Announced on departure, courted by Lyon, do you think he is capable of leaving OGC Nice along the way?

Honestly, if we qualify for Europe it would surprise me. Mr. Galtier is a straight man with convictions. Unfortunately, the management did not listen to him on the recruitment choices this winter by refusing to enlist a confirmed winger. (Jean-Pierre, editor’s note) Rivière and (Julien, editor’s note) Fournier have a great responsibility in the second part of the season where we experienced some slack.

Criticized for his game considered poor in spectacle, what is your point of view on this debate?

I will always prioritize the result over the beauty of the game played. Yes, we happened to produce indigestible matches but, apart from Paris by sequence, who put stars in our eyes this season? Certainly not the OM of (Jorge, editor’s note) Sampaoli which is far from the expected offensive fury. We produced some good matches with twists, play and goals (Lyon 3-2, Angers 1-2, Monaco 2-2, Saint-Etienne 4-2…).

What are your team’s strengths? On the contrary, what are its weaknesses?

The strong points of our team are its defensive solidity, its mentality as well as the good atmosphere which reigns within the group. His weak points are his lack of experience and his lack of attacking binder which cost us dearly at times. Although very strong on paper, our attack has not always lived up to our expectations.

Which player do you fear on the LOSC side? Which player could do damage to Lille on the Nice side?

The player to watch for me is the Canadian arrow Jonathan David. He is always skilful and technically sharp. On our side, they will have to fear the trickster Andy Delort who ends the season on a high.

“Jocelyn Gourvennec does not have the level for a club of this size”

The last opposition between the two formations was a humiliating defeat suffered by the Dogues at the Stade Pierre Mauroy (0-4), how do you imagine the scenario of the meeting to come?

I think the meeting will be radically different. We’re at home, it’s up to us to play the game. In addition, Lille will play liberated, relieved of all pressure, I imagine a tough match that we will win 2-0 thanks to our resilience.

As a Nice supporter, what is your point of view on the LOSC season?

LOSC’s season was very bad in Ligue 1. They suffered the backlash of their last magical season crowned with the title of champion of France. (Burak, editor’s note) Yilmaz did not have the expected return. (Jocelyn, editor’s note) Gourvennec does not have the level for a club of this size and the internal turmoil as well as the trading policy have not helped. To underline, all the same, the beautiful course in the Champions League, the only enchanting parenthesis of their sawtooth season.

Do you think Les Dogues will be able to bounce back next season?

No, with the probable departures of the excellent (Sven, editor’s note) Botman, the twirling Renato Sanches and the divisive (Burak, editor’s note) Yilmaz. The trading policy advocated by Gérard Lopez also has its limits when it is misused.

Finally, what would be your prediction for the upcoming opposition between OGC Nice and Lille? Do you think the Aiglons will manage to slap the Mastiffs a second time?

As said before, I think we will win with difficulty (2-0) in a very competitive and pleasant match to watch. That’s all I want for us. Issa Nissa, good game and good luck to our Lille friends.

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