Nice v Guingamp
August 17, 2017
Balotelli and Sneijder to return
According to Lucien Favre, Wesley Sneijder and Mario Balotelli should be fit to play on Saturday against Guingamp. Starting the game or coming on off the bench? That remains the “conundrum” that the Swiss coach will need to solve, with the return leg against Napoli still in the back of his mind.
“They are both coming back”. These were the words that the coach used to begin his press conference, before he tempered his statement: “But I don't know if they will start against Guingamp. Mario is coming back from a rather annoying injury. If he played 70 minutes for example and then played straight after against Napoli, that could prove to be dangerous.”
And what about Wesley Sneijder? “We will also speak to him. He feels good, but it hasn't been that long since he began to up the intensity. He has only done 5 minutes of opposition on three occasions, but he will train today and tomorrow. For him, it is going to go quickly. In terms of effort, he is at 100%. He feels and anticipates everything. And his movement is very good even if we have only seen it whilst training in small spaces. He is really involved and understands everything straight away. It's a conundrum because if you put several players in the starting eleven that you know you will need to take off during the game...”
“The priority of priorities, it's Guingamp”
Before thinking about the visit of Napoli (Tuesday at 8.45pm), the Aiglons will try to secure their first points and get their season started in the league when they face the Bretons: “The priority of priorities today is Guingamp, confirmed Lucien Favre. But it's impossible to not think a bit about Napoli. If we had lost 3-0, things could have been different. But at 2-0, you never know... It's the Champions League. There will be a special motivation for Mario, that's clear. It's Italy: he wants to play well for him and for the team. They are both capable of playing these high-level matches.”