Two days before facing PSG at the Parc des Princes in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, OGC Nice coach Christophe Galtier was asked about the race for the league title. Despite a 2nd place in Ligue 1, the Nice technician sees the Parisians too strong.
A year ago, Christophe Galtier, then coach of Lille, refused to bend his chest despite the excellent results of his team. Losc advanced masked and had ended up beating PSG, winning the 4th title of champion of France in its history. Now in charge of Nice, the Gym coach is still close to the top of the table.
But if the Riviera formation is 2nd in Ligue 1, it is 11 points behind PSG after 22 days. Too big a gap for the technician who does not want to hear that his team is a competitor of the Parisians for the title. « It’s a mistake, he said on Saturday two days before the clash against Paris on Monday in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. There is too much difference between PSG and us. We are currently 2nd. There is a game late between Lyon and Marseille. »
« The title? It won’t be for us »
For Galtier, OGC Nice remains ambitious but will have to raise its level of play or risk falling from the podium: « My players deserve to be in their place in relation to the efforts made. But we still have a lot of things to improve in our game to be a competitor or a favorite in 2nd place, he warns. We still have a huge margin for improvement. There will be the Coupe de France, still a lot of matches and direct confrontations. We will see where we will be positioned. The group has a lot to do to be one of the favorites for 2nd place. »
And the coach concludes: « The title? It won’t be for us. » After the shock against PSG on Monday in the Cup, Nice will host Clermont in a week, on behalf of the 23rd day of Ligue 1.