Nice: finished the galleys for Dolberg?

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Far from being spared since his arrival in Nice on a personal level, silent in front of the goal for many months, Kasper Dolberg found the smile and the net against Nantes last week. What, perhaps, finally launch the season of the Nice striker.

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Months that he hadn’t marked, even an eternity. Faced with Nantes, last weekend, Kasper Dolberg first freed himself on the penalty spot before doubling the stake twenty minutes later, offering a clear advantage and a victory to the Aiglons on the road to redemption (2- 1). The noise of the nets slamming following one of his attempts, the blonde had not heard since October 25, during a Nice match against LOSC with a split outcome (1-1). Hearing it resonate in an empty Beaujoire has therefore done a great good to the attacker, subscribed to the blows of fate in recent months.

Theft, Burglary and Covid

In September 2019, Kasper Dolberg made the headlines of the sports press for having his watch stolen in the locker room by his teammate Lamine Diaby-Faida (fired by OGC Nice). A year later, the Dane takes on a new victim costume. Back in the Côte d’Azur after a stay in selection, he deplores the theft of his car and the burglary of his home. The attacker is not varnished, especially when the physical glitches invite themselves in the middle of a sufficiently complicated period off-field.

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In mid-September, a few days before facing Paris-Saint-Germain, Kasper Dolberg tested positive for Covid. The following month, he suffered from a sprained ankle. On his return, as Nice prepares to face Slavia Prague in the group stage of the Europa League, the Covid strikes a second time. “I wake up one morning and I was feverish and then very ill the next night, explains the number 9 from Nice. I was isolated for five days then it took almost two weeks to get better.”

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Morale is affected but Dolberg feels supported: “Julien Fournier came to my house to get news. That the sporting director comes to visit me when we were in a complicated period on the sporting plan means a lot to me”. In December, the 22-year-old crowd the lawn again against Rennes, a month after his last match. We think he’s back… It was without counting on a relapse to the adductors, taking him away from the field again.

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2021, a new start … before appendicitis

The year 2020 ended, the Danish international (24 caps, 7 goals) wants to turn the page and must first find a physical condition. “He is concerned about these recent physical glitches and it is disturbing him,” said his teammate Morgan Schneiderlin, trying to explain his difficulties in his first games in 2021. These are details that bother him, he needs to feel at home. ‘easy.”

The main stakeholder remains confident: “I feel stronger than I have been for a while. Right now it’s just a matter of sorting out a few physical details, I feel like I’m almost there. It’s human sometimes to doubt yourself, especially when you’re going through hardships like it’s been the case recently, when you feel like you have the whole world against you. But honestly, I trust myself. I believe in my qualities.”

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Didier Digard, Adrian Ursea’s assistant and close to the striker in the group, confirms: “When he did not score for a while, we did not broach the subject once. He has a strong character and does not show his emotions, I did not sense someone who doubted. So yes, in matches, he missed some chances that he usually put but he continued to work. ” In February, the Dane is on his way to a comeback and begins to follow suit when a new disillusion arises.

A few hours to face Angers, the Riviera club communicates the unavailability of its center forward, author of 16 goals in 48 Ligue 1 games in the Nice jersey. Dolberg had a fever of 39 ° the night before the game, he was taken to hospital and then operated on for appendicitis. “I think I had never seen that for a player,” laments Adrian Ursea, marked by repeated forfeits in his workforce.

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The smile found

Back at the Plaine du Var training center a few weeks later, the blond is patient. “Physically he was less well and every time he came back he made the request to really take the time to perfect his physical condition. Kasper needs to be well physically to perform well on the pitch,” said Didier Digard. Very cold in appearance, his face regularly closed and the grin rarely detectable, we nevertheless assure internally that the striker has found the joy of living.

“We feel that he has found a smile again, said his coach Adrian Ursea before the match against Nantes last week. We managed to support him, we are happy to see a Kasper in top form. is in a very good period, he wants to train well all the time and make up for lost time. ” Didier Digard outbid: “He is a reserved person, less expressive but he is very involved in the life of the group. He had a difficult period but it is behind him now, he is moving forward. C ‘It is true that he has an image of a cold guy, it is his character. I have often been given a similar image in my career, for example I had been received by the president of Le Havre who asked me why I never smiled. It doesn’t shock me, there is the outward appearance and the inside, and inside I can tell you he’s happy. ” Ligue 1 goalkeepers have been warned.

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