This spring could be very painful for the English owner of Lausanne-Sport and OGC Nice.
A few weeks ago, Ineos was able to forget about the likely new fiasco he is going through with Lausanne-Sport by rejoicing at the great success he had with OGC Nice, his football flagship. But as the sport remains a glorious insecurity, even if we invest tens of millions in it, what was a source of pleasure and a form of reward for the efforts made takes the road to another failure. And even if it takes a lot of imagination to be convinced of this, who knows if the LS’s long shameful journey won’t end in a miraculous rescue that will enable its leaders to convince themselves they’re not all wrong in the end. have done season in La Tuilière.
Nice sinks at 11 against 10
A final with a fanfare that is still much less likely than a positive exercise for the inhabitants of Nice, even if the priority goal of qualification for the next Champions League seems to be in jeopardy today after the eagle fiasco in Lens on Sunday (0 -3 ). While after fifteen minutes they already had the advantage of standing in numerical superiority during this crucial meeting to continue to dream of a future in the most beautiful and prestigious league reserved for clubs, the Azureans – where former Lausanne resident Evann Guessand started – gradually liquefied to concede two goals in quick succession at the start of the second half.
A scenario that shows all the vulnerability of a group that, despite the large investments of Ineos, is still far from showing the essential regularity that these high objectives require. Criticized in France for his reticence and the lack of importance he attaches to the quality of the show, Christophe Galtier, poached for a gold prize from Lille last summer, was already preparing for a possible failure on Sunday evening by putting pressure on his players. put , in L’Equipe. “I dare hope we don’t throw our first eight months in the trash. It would be a shame and disrespect to let yourself go this way.
In the Coupe de France final
A way like any other to remobilize his troops and make his players stronger when he approaches a home track that can still save the essence. In particular by winning this Coupe de France on May 7 against FC Nantes from a certain Waldemar Kita. A trophy that would be the first of the Ineos era.
A still distant prospect for Christophe Galtier. “Am I worried about the end of the season? It’s not fear, it’s an observation. It’s the truth. I’ve been watching the games we play for a while (note: no wins in the last four outings)† Either we are absent in the first period and react behind schedule, or we are present during the first period and let go completely when we come back from the dressing room. It’s not something to worry about, it’s an observation that is difficult for a coach, very difficult.
If, now five points behind Rennes, the current third and final qualifier, the Champions League has become a utopia, even participation in the Europa League, or even the Conference League, is no longer guaranteed for Nice. To become first, Nice will have to win the Coupe de France or, at worst, finish fourth. As for the folding chair that is the Conference League for the clubs of the five major European Championships, it will return to fifth in Ligue 1 if Nantes win the cup. A rank still claimed by Monaco, Lille, Lens and Lyon.
The pressure will certainly be very high on Christophe Galtier in the coming weeks and especially on May 7 at the Stade de France. And for Ineos, whose image of winners that accompanies the multinational in the world of petrochemicals does not change into that of great losers in football.