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Nice host Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday, with the guests hoping to avoid the relegation battle they were dragged into last season.
Nice, meanwhile, is hoping to challenge the European places as it attracted the title-winning Lille manager Christophe Galtier to the club.
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Indeed, after the 54-year-old’s miracle last season in Lille, Nice did quite a coup to bring Galtier to the club.
After struggling to reach the heights that Nice’s gaming staff can drop Patrick Vieira and Adrian Ursea In the past season, Galtier brought a lot of experience and quality, which he won three times in his career as Ligue 1 manager of the year.
He’s also received support in the transfer market, with the club spending roughly double the £ 17million he received on it Wylan Cyprien, Stanley Nsoki and Pierre Lees Melou eight players to pick.
There was a clear focus on the youth, with Patrick Kluivert and Jean-Clair Todibo particularly noticeable signings while the 27-year-old Mario Lemina has the potential to hold the center of the pitch for Galtier’s side.
As a result, there is a lot of confidence ahead of Sunday’s opener against Reims, which is the kind of team that Nice will have to consistently remove in order to achieve their goals this season and improve to ninth place last season.
It would be fair to say that Reims’ transfer deal with star striker so far has been far less impressive than that of their upcoming opponents Boulaye Dia sold to Villarreal for around £ 10 million.
Dia, who scored 14 league goals last season, has left a significant deficit as none of his teammates scored five goals in Ligue 1 last season.
Oscar Garciawho last managed Celta Vigo has replaced David Guion in the dugout, but so far his only two new signings have been the 40-year-old goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau Free transfer and central defender Andrew Gravillon, who impressed in Lorient last season, on loan from Inter Milan.
Given that Reims only survived relegation by two points last season and ended the season in dismal shape, it could be a long, tough season for the club if no more additions are made by the end of August.
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It becomes beautiful without Alexis Claude-Maurice after breaking his fibula in May, but the midfielder is reportedly recovering early and could even return to action after the international break in September.
Kasper Dolberg is not seen in the preseason after his great performances with Denmark at Euro 2020, in which he scored three goals for his country, so can only be used from the bench.
New additions Todibo, Kluivert and Pablo Rosario it all started last weekend in Nice’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan and should do so again, with Lemina possibly having to make an impact from the bench as well.
Meanwhile, Reims was dealt a terrible blow Arber ZeneliThe cruciate ligament ruptured last weekend, and the 26-year-old now has doubts whether he will even be used this season.
It remains to be seen which player Garcia will entrust to fill Dia’s void in attack, with enormous pressure likely to be put on the 19-year-old El Bilal Tour‘s young shoulders after impressing in lightning bolts last season.
Nice possible starting line-up:
Benitez; Attal, Todibo, Dante, Kamara; Da Cunha, Rosario, Thuram, Kluivert; Ndoye, Gouiri
Reims possible starting line-up:
Rajkovic; Foket, Faes, Abdelhamid, Konan; Mbuku, Cassama, Chavalerin, Cafaro; Doumbia, tours
Probability: Nice 2-0 Reims
Nice have made some really impressive moves on and off the pitch this summer so we expect them to have too much class for Reims.
The guests have not been able to replace last year’s top scorer Dia in the transfer window, which is not good news for their hopes of survival after the narrow relegation last season.
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