Adrien, Nice fan: “Jocelyn Gourvennec doesn’t have the level for a club of LOSC’s stature”

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

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

In fourth position with 63 points on the clock, OGC Nice are experiencing an irregular season but can still hope to qualify for the Champions League. With two days left in the championship, what would be your first assessment of this 2021-22 season?

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

Did you expect such a scenario?

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

Wouldn’t qualifying for the Champions League or even the Europa League be a failure?

Given our recent investments, a non-European qualification would be a huge failure, yes, we mustn’t 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 the Aiglons are capable of snatching a Ligue des Champions qualification?

Our competitors are also advancing very quickly. We don’t have our destiny in our hands, we have to take the last six possible points and pray. Coming to third place, synonymous with play-offs, would not guarantee us a highway to the Champions League. We should be further strengthened this summer with international, world-class players to incorporate them into our proven team. 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 at least competitive.

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

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

Having 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 has arrived and brought grit and strength of character to a young and talented group. He was able to combine passion and tactical discipline and allowed us to be waterproof in the defensive phase. We are the best defense in Ligue 1 and not for nothing.

“LOSC should fear cheating Andy Delort”

Announced at the start, courted by Lyon, do you think he is able to leave OGC Nice along the way?

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

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

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

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

The strengths of our team are the defensive solidity, the mentality and the good atmosphere that reigns within the group. Its weaknesses are the lack of experience and the lack of offensive binder that has sometimes cost us dearly. While very strong on paper, our attack hasn’t always lived up to our expectations.

Which player do you fear on the side of the LOSC? Which player could harm Lille on Nice’s side?

The player to watch for me is Canadian Jonathan David Arrow. He is always skilled and technically sharp. For our part, they will have to fear the trickster Andy Delort closing the season on a high note.

“Jocelyn Gourvennec doesn’t have the level for a club of this size”

The last opposition between the two teams 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 are at home, it is up to us to play the game, moreover Lille will play free, relieved of any pressure, I imagine a difficult game that we will win 2-0 thanks to our resilience.

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

LOSC’s season was a bad one in Ligue 1. They suffered the backlash of their last magical season crowned the title of champion of France. (Burak, ed) Yilmaz did not perform as expected. (Jocelyn, ed) Gourvennec does not have the level for a club of this size and the internal turmoil and commercial policy have not helped. To underline, however, the beautiful path of 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, ed) Botman, the pirouetting Renato Sanches and the divider (Burak, ed) Yilmaz. The commercial policy advocated by Gérard Lopez also has its limits when it is used improperly.

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

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

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