Thanks to a fifth place acquired this season in Ligue 1, OGC Nice managed to qualify for the second edition of the Europa League Conference – all made possible by a stunning hat-trick from Andy Delort, achieved during the final day against Stade de Reims (3-2). A hard-fought victory came to reward a good season for the Gym in the league, even if we could expect to see the Aiglons a little higher in the standings. Indeed, at the winter break, the men of Christophe Galtier were the dolphins of Paris Saint-Germain, enough to feed some regrets.
In an interview given to The Teamthe Côte d’Azur sports director Julien Fournier said he was disappointed with this slight fall for the club in 2022: “I am convinced that we could have, that we should have had a better season. We were second at the break. When you’re in this fight all year, yes, you want to finish higher than fifth. But when I hear people, I have the impression that we are coming out of an almost cataclysmic season. I’m proud of the boys. We have a lot of very good players. There is no panic on board.”
“If PSG wants Galtier, it shouldn’t take too long”
Still in the columns of the French daily, the Nice leader explains the drop in regime by a certain pessimism around the Galtier gang: “I think there’s been a lot of negativity around the team. Christophe was extremely successful in Lille (French champion in 2021). As it happens to some players too, he performed less well for us. We expect him to be more efficient next season, especially in the attacking aspects. Before continuing on the choice of his trainer, which he almost seems to regret today: “no, because if I go back to the context of last year, I take the same decision. But you never know a person until you’ve worked with them.”
And when he was asked about the future of his coach, particularly linked to PSG, Julien Fournier did not kick in touch, far from it: “I am like you, I read. But he is under contract, it is a reality. So he is more likely to be in Nice than not to be there. It’s very basic but it’s very true. Afterwards, if Paris-Saint-Germain comes, and it’s a decision that I obviously can’t take alone, when you have this type of club that comes to get one of your players or your coach, it It’s complicated to say “no”.(…) And how does Paris-Saint-Germain do it? It’s the life of a club … That’s why I repeat that if Paris-Saint-Germain want Christophe Galtier, he must not delay too long, otherwise it will be more complicated for him. The message got through.