February 10, 2017
Obbadi, an experienced debutant
18 minutes of normal time. 3 minutes additional time. A first appearance against St-Etienne (1-0), full of experience and exuding a contagious feeling of calmness. An arrival from the winter transfer market, Mounir Obaddi has started well his career in Red and Black.
He came on during the chaos to reassure his teammates. Mission accomplished. Thrown on against St-Etienne by Lucien Favre, the Moroccan international adapted quickly and looked at home right from the get go. “It is easier to come on for a team that keeps the ball well. I have been really welcomed by the players, staff and owners. We are enjoying evolving together.” commented modestly the midfielder as he left the stadium. At the same time he saluted the “magnificent Nice fans” and the “very good atmosphere in the Allianz Riviera", where he already feels at home. Just as it is on the pitch, embellishment doesn’t exist for Mounir Obaddi. The words, just as his passes, are made with an air of simplicity.
“IT’S GOOD, BUT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT RENNES…”
On the pitch, the former Lille midfielder showed him to be combative without the ball and easy with the ball at his feet. His teammates immediately looked towards him, demonstrated by the 18 touches he had. In a match in which each pass was vital, he completed 10 of his 14 passes. Victim of two fouls. He pushed forward. Following a neat dummy, he even crossed superbly to Younes Belhanda, which was volleyed off-target by his countryman. All in all, his debut was a real introduction. “It is always nice to start with a win, said the new Aiglon post-match. We are very happy to have won. Now, we need to recover and to think about the next match which is fast approaching against Rennes on Sunday.”
An experienced debutant…