OGC Nice consolidated its place as runner-up by winning this Friday against FC Nantes after a long undecided match (2-1).
Quietly, OGC Nice continues its merry way in the heart of a season as thrilling as confusing. The Galtier band overcame FC Nantes to consolidate their place as runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain. Because she mainly looks in her retro, she also placed Olympique de Marseille three points before the Marseille club’s match against Lille on Sunday. The contract is fulfilled.
Nice masked advance
However, it would be simplistic to compare this version of Le Gym with Christophe Galtier’s LOSC last season. The system – a flat 4-4-2 – and the ability to exploit each offensive transition come close. For the rest, the modus operandi of the Riviera club remains more minimalist than that of the northern club a year ago.. And that’s also why the margin between Nice and its opponents is so narrow. Facing Nantes, the clear opportunities were counted on the fingers of the hand. The affair could even have gone wrong if Benitez had not been inspired in an outing against the stirring Kolo Muani, quite early (16th).
But it must be recognized that Nice knows how to wait for the slightest error from its opponents to punish it. And that is a quality. The opening of the score came to attest to it, once again. Under pressure from Dante, Sylla was guilty of a handball sanctioned with a penalty. Dolberg did not tremble to transform it (1-0, 20th). Rather well paid, the Gym joined before half-time without anyone finding anything to complain about, on a clever and distant shot from Girotto in the ventilator (1-1, 45th). To force the Nantes lock again, Nice needed individual prowess. It occurred during the second act, on a formidable breakthrough by Khéphren Thuram, scorer after a relay with Amine Gouiri (2-1, 55th). Nice then set about closing the floodgates to better counter. Classic. Delort could have salted the bill, without success (61st). Whatever, the case was settled. Without shining, Nice continues to capitalize.