Before Nice – Nantes: Amine Gouiri, perfectible but so precious


It was not a vaccine, but Amine Gouiri reacted rather well to the injection. Somewhat heckled by Christophe Galtier last December, when he had managed a very convincing first part of the season in the game and the numbers, the striker has found the rhythm that must be his to start the year. Very active in Brest (0-3), decisive passer for Andy Delort and author of a superb goal at the end of the match, the former Lyonnais demonstrated, once again, that he was the most essential of the many attacking players available. of the Nice coach.

Fourth most decisive player in Ligue 1 this season with 9 goals and 5 assists (only Mbappé, Ajorque and Payet are ahead of him), Gouiri had especially suffered, before the truce, the requirement of Galtier. « He doesn’t smile, and luckily, had then justified the former coach of LOSC. But that’s also learning at a very high level. It’s to say to yourself: ‘if I didn’t start in Paris, it’s because I didn’t do everything well.’ Although he remains the team’s top scorer and is very effective.” In reality, the Marseille technician had used the two matches against PSG and Strasbourg to ward off overconfidence.

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The importance of the player in construction and finishing should not relieve him of the defensive effort. Hence the desire togive a bit of a screwdriver« , as ‘Galette’ explained in early December. »There is also what I expect from collective behavior, whether with or without the ball“, he finally admitted.

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The Aiglons coach did not need to specify it anyway, since it is very difficult to blame the 21-year-old striker for anything else. In the game, Gouiri’s talent and inspirations always make huge differences. At ease in the last gesture, brilliant between the lines, a good dribbler and excellent at opening up breaches, the former Lyonnais is a profile like you rarely find in Ligue 1. By far, his qualities allow him to play on two tables, that of the best scorers and that of the best passers.

Gouiri plays on two tables

Close too: he is, behind Moses Simon, the attacker who succeeds the most passes bringing a shot (37). But he is also the fourth player performing the most dribbles (8) before a shot, behind the monster Kylian Mbappé (12) and the real exercise specialists, Sofiane Boufal (10) and Denis Bouanga (9). On arrival, only Dimitri Payet (115) and Benjamin Bourigeaud (87), two distributors of caviars, create more actions leading to a strike than him (78) in Ligue 1.

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The international hopefuls is therefore essential to the OGCN, both for the overall performance and for that of his attacking friends. If the duo he forms with Kasper Dolberg is convincing if not always effective – the pair had worked well in Rennes in particular – his agreement with Andy Delort quickly became natural and obvious. Of the five assists he has delivered in the league, three have also benefited the former Montpellier. Gouiri can be associated with anyone. But that, Galtier never worried about it.

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