Ligue 1 – Nice – Title goal, Gouiri and Thuram, DNA: what will change the return of Lucien Favre

Back to DNA

With Lucien Favre, Nice refocuses. The return of the Swiss coach should allow the club to rediscover what has been its strength in recent years, but that the arrival of INEOS had ended up dissipating. The game is once again the priority, with all that implies in terms of temporality and while Galtier’s tenure had rather moved the cursor towards the importance of the outcome. This decision was made after an exchange with the owner, according to Jean-Pierre Rivère.

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We proposed a different strategy to the shareholder, we wanted to find the DNA of the club, have fun thanks to the game, that OGC Nice was recognizable beyond its shirt.

Ambition but restrictions on the direction of arrivals …

Despite the presence of Inos for two and a half years, Nice has not yet been very successful in the market, settling for interesting bets but not always bearing fruit (Dolberg, Stengs, Claude-Maurice). If the Aiglons don’t hit anymore, it’s mostly to stay in the keys to financial fair play. And not for a possible shyness of Inos.

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However, Favre’s arrival could also coincide with a new transfer window strategy. Giving more emphasis to quality than quantity. “Surely there will be transfers, it is a mustsaid the Swiss coach. One or two players can make a big difference on a team. “

In football, you have one element that blocks a lot of things: financial fair play. There is this limitation. So we will try to do our best while respecting the limitations. We have a powerful group, but there is a limit. We’re not talking about big names, we’re talking about doing smart things.

… and firmness in the direction of the exits

After a decent season, Nice has several assets in its roster. Jean-Clair Todibo confirmed, Kephren Thuram revealed and Amine Gouiri progressed. But for the Nice coach it’s not about watching them leave.

Gouiri and Thuram will stay, that’s for sure. Todibo too. They will stay.

Podium goal … and title?

With him, Nice finished on the podium. Since their departure, the Aiglons have alternated between good and bad. The Swiss, meanwhile, wants to aim higher. And why not do what Monaco or Lille achieved in a fairly recent past.

In two years, the goal is to finish in the top three … and even more! I assume. Tell the truth, that is the goal.

Fournier dismissed

It was no longer a secret to anyone. Between Julien Fournier, OGCN football director, and Christophe Galtier, the coach, there were fries on the line. We imagined that the departure of the bus to Paris Saint-Germain would allow Jean-Pierre Rivère not to choose.

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Finally, the former president of RC Strasbourg was still dismissed. In the photo announcing the arrival of Lucien Favre, it is Dave Brailsford, the sporting director of INEOS, who stood by the president and coach.

Tensions are part of club life. After all, it’s not really the kind of thing we like. Julien has a future perhaps elsewhere than at OGC Nice.

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