Last year, during the 35th day of Ligue 1 Uber Eats, OGC Nice did not really upset LOSC in their final sprint. The Mastiffs have not returned the favor this season.
A controversy in three axes
Galtier future Nice coach?
On May 1, 2021, the Niçois move to the Pierre-Mauroy stadium without a real objective. They are already assured of maintenance and can no longer dream of Europe. They are already preparing for their upcoming season… Moreover, even if nothing is official yet, the name of Christophe Galtier is coming up insistently as a candidate for the position of future coach of the Aiglons.
A (too) friendly banner
To accompany the departure of their players to the North, the Gym supporters displayed a banner calling for the defeat of their team: “Pleasure us by proxy, we want Lille champion. » A banner that made many LOSC supporters smile, but less so the others.
The banner of Nice supporters, before the departure of their players for Lille, this morning. pic.twitter.com/FCarNCvJBw
– The Little Lille ⚜️ (@LePetitLillois) May 1, 2021
Zero shot from OGC Nice
In difficulty at home, with a defeat against the Nîmes red lantern and several draws against poorly ranked players (Brest, Strasbourg, Montpellier), Lille will have no trouble this time getting rid of their opponent, future ninth in the League 1 Uber Eats. Many critics of LOSC will also point to the absence of shots attempted by the Niçois during the match. Indeed, despite a few incursions into the surface of Mike Maignan, the people of Nice will not succeed in getting into position, the rapid expulsion of Lotomba (48th) not helping Nice’s offensive inclinations either…
A “gift”, in the opposite direction in May 2022?
The first leg had left its mark
On May 14, 2022, the teams involved in the sprint to Europe against Nice (Marseille, Monaco, Rennes, Strasbourg and Lens) surely expected nothing from LOSC. Even if Christophe Galtier wanted to be cautious in a press conference: “Under no circumstances should you believe that Lille will arrive in flip-flops”, was he really convinced? or was he talking about weather, adding “that they don’t often put it in Lille. »
Reduced by the absence of several executives (André, Sanches, Xeka or Botman…) and led at half-time, the Lille residents found the mental resources to overthrow the team of their former coach. This is a first victory at the Allianz Riviera which was however inaugurated in 2013.
The exaggerated celebrations of Christophe Galtier during the first leg (4-0 for the Gym), will certainly have weighed heavily in the consciences of Lille. After being deceived by their public last week, the Mastiffs were also keen to prove that they “Were not on vacation yet. »
Nice may be empty-handed, Lens is still dreaming
Virtually third at half-time, Nice now find themselves sixth… The podium is out of reach, and despite INEOS’ investment, the club will still not see the Champions League groups, in which they have never participated before. . Worse, the GYM no longer has its destiny in hand to obtain a European ticket, and could find itself empty-handed…despite thirty days spent in the top 5 and a cup final this season. Note that this result also offers hope to the neighbors of Lens. Indeed, if Nice had taken points this Saturday, the match between Lens and Monaco next Saturday would no longer have allowed the Sang & Or to hope for Europe.
Real arbiters of this European sprint, the behavior of the players this Saturday, who did not give any gift, will have made it possible to remove any suspicion, if there was any, on the Lille – Nice of last May.
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