Christophe Galtier led this Saturday his first match at the head of OGC Nice, during a friendly which ended in a draw 1-1 against Rodez. The new coach of the Aiglons appreciated the performance of his players.
“What I saw in the first half are the beginnings of what I want to see.” Christophe Galtier drew positive lessons from his first friendly match at the head of OGC Nice, which made 1-1 this Saturday afternoon against Rodez AF (Ligue 2).
“We worked well this week and I saw that the players were very receptive and adhered to what I had asked to see in this game, with all the principles that we started to develop. quite interesting, “said the former LOSC coach, appointed head of the Nice team at the start of the week.
“The workforce will obviously be changed”
“There are a lot of imperfections, but there was already generosity, diligence, determination,” added Christophe Galtier, who started the match with players “facing Ligue 1 every season” . Benitez, Pelmard, Bambu, Smith, Nsoki, Schneiderlin, Thuram, Lees-Melou, Louchet, Da Cunha and Ndoye composed the starting XI. At half-time, young people from the training center took their place.
For his first week with the OGCN, Christophe Galtier is still deprived of several internationals and awaits possible recruits. “The squad will obviously be changed. We are waiting for the return of some players who were in selection,” he said, specifying that Dante and Amine Gouiri would be back imminently.
Da Cunha scored
In this friendly match against Rodez, Nice opened the scoring with a goal (45th + 1) from Lucas Da Cunha, who was on loan last season in Lausanne. Rodez equalized in the second half, thanks to Ugo Bonnet (55th).
Before the resumption of the championship, on August 8 against the Stade de Reims, six other friendly matches are scheduled for OGC Nice. Lausanne is the next opponent on July 10. The team will then face SC Bastia, Dynamo Kiev, AS Saint-Étienne, Union Berlin and AC Milan.