Speaking in a press conference, attended by Get French Football News’ Luke Entwistle, OGC Nice and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey (32) addressed the club’s uptick in form, as well as his desire to continue to evolve on an individual level.
How do you account for Nice’s uptick in form in 2023?
“Things have changed in 2023, obviously there is the new coach, and new staff and we have different ideas on the pitch at the moment. I think the team has reacted well to that and we’re displaying some really good football at the moment. Not just myself, but the whole team. At the beginning of the season, we found it difficult to get a bit of momentum going, but right now we’re in a good place and really excited about how we can finish off the season. We’ve been really pleased with how things are going. Now is about keeping that consistency going and testing ourselves every week.”
Didier Digard remains unbeaten as Nice boss. What has he changed at the club to provide this positive momentum?
“I think the coach has come in and done a fantastic job. He and the new staff that have come in have been brilliant and all the players have bought into their ideas, and their tactics and I think the players have responded very well to that. I think we have a great staff with many talented players and we’re now playing to their strengths. We want to be a team that is on the front foot and dominating play and controlling the games for the majority of the time. I think over the last few months we’ve definitely shown that we’re capable of competing against some of the best teams in the league. For us now, it is about keeping going, keeping pushing and asking more of each other to see where we can end up at the end of the season.”
Are we currently seeing the best Aaron Ramsey, or is the best yet to come?
“I think you can always improve as a player. I’ll always try to work on weaknesses in my game. At the moment I feel confident and I think that I’m playing well, but that there is still more to come. I’d like to score a few more goals at the moment. Naturally, I always want to improve somewhere and hit new heights. There will come a stage where the progression won’t be as easy, but as long as I’m feeling good, feeling fit, feeling healthy and realising what I’m capable of doing, then I’ll be trying to do that.”
How would you define your leadership style?
“For me, I’ve now been playing football for a long time so I understand the game and what is required to win games. Being one of the more senior players in the team means trying to help some of the younger players and explain certain situations and help them perform at the best level. Saying that, many of the players in the dressing room are very confident and very talented, so I really haven’t got much to do.”
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