OL - Nice : a Ligue 1 opponent to gain momentum (18h30 on Canal +)
The context is necessarily unique. After the health crisis due to COVID-19 and the ensuing containment, professional clubs have been slowly resuming training over the past few weeks. OL resumed on June 8 in view of the fixtures that await it in the coming weeks (Coupe de la Ligue final, Champions League round of 16 second leg). OGC Nice returned to the pitch on June 15. The Gones may have a little more rhythm thanks to their match on Wednesday against US Port Valais which was a formality (12-0). This time, a completely different opponent awaits them since the Azureans have finished fifth this season.
For OL, each match represents a major challenge: that of regaining the rhythm and intensity necessary for the huge fixtures to come. Juventus will have in particular ten official matches behind them and nothing can replace competition. In this sense, this match against Nice is a boon. With its acquisition by the Ineos group last summer, OGC Nice aims to become a strong player in French football. Each match against a direct competitor therefore represents an opportunity to add credit to one's development. It’s a real match to be anticipated and that’s what Olympique Lyonnais is looking for right now.
Even if "Le Gym" has not yet been able to play a match, it has not been idle behind the scenes. With July just around the corner, the club has just signed their fifth recruit of the transfer window, Amine Gouiri. The OL-trained striker has been joined by Robson Bambu, Flavius Daniliuc, Morgan Schneiderlin and Hassane Kamara. Including the players already in place (Dante, Sarr, Cyprien, Dolberg, Claude-Maurice, etc.), OGC Nice has a very solid squad and will have high ambitions for this coming season. Moreover, it was the Southern side who won the last match between the two teams (2-1 on February 2).