OGC Nice look to ‘rediscover the spark’ and ‘exit the crisis’

This difficult period is lasting longer than we thought it would,” reacted Marcin Bulka frankly on Monday. OGC Nice are without a win in six and have now lost four of their last five in Ligue 1. A crisis of sorts has enveloped the club; Wednesday’s Coupe de France tie against Paris Saint-Germain represents a welcome distraction. 

Whilst PSG themselves have not been on their strongest run of form, there is an impenetrability to the Parc des Princes. Les Parisiens have only lost once at home all season. The team to do it? Nice. “We are the only team to win at the Parc this season. It shows we are capable. We go there with the objective of winning,” said Bulka in a press conference, attended by Get French Football News. 

However, that win came in September, when opponents did not yet possess the tools to counter Francesco Farioli’s side. There is a completely different dynamic heading into this time, with Les Aiglons looking to renew themselves. “We need to rediscover the spark. We are in a difficult moment – everyone sees it, but if you’re lucid, you can see that we are not far from reversing the trend,” said Farioli, who despite recent results, is not under pressure. 

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With a difficult fixture against RC Lens at the Bollaert coming up this weekend, there is an awareness that this match could shape Nice’s run-in. “We’re going there with the objective of qualifying [for the semi-finals],” said Bulka, who is preparing to face his former club. “We could say that each victory will allow us to exit the crisis,” he added. 

It is by no means an easy task to leave the Parc des Princes with a victory, but this free hit could do a lot more than secure a semi-final place in the Coupe de France, it could also bring about a much-needed revival in Ligue 1.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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