Speaking to reporters after a 3-0 home defeat against Marseille, including to Get French Football News‘ Luke Entwistle OGC Nice manager Lucien Favre gave a bleak outlook on how is side performed, and was not particularly diplomatic with his thoughts on how Ivorian international winger Nicolas Pépé fared on his debut.
“He hasn’t played for a long time in England. He has done the pre-season with Arsenal but he hasn’t played any matches. He is lacking a bit of rhythm, intensity in his placements, in his pressing as well and in his ball recovery, because everyone has to do that. There aren’t any exceptions. If one or two players don’t do the work, the whole team is in trouble. Everyone has to do it at the same time, everyone has to defend to recover the ball.”
“We’ve already discussed this (internally). Tiredness was there, we had extra time (during the Conference League qualification play-offs), there are players who ran 17km, I understand (their fatigue). But we cannot put that as an explanation for tiredness. We have to be ready, be professional. Ball recovery is essential in all professional sports.”