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Vieira: “Far from satisfied with the content”

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January 5, 2020

Vieira: “Far from satisfied with the content”

The Nice coach was not satisfied with his side’s performance as they qualified against Fréjus Saint-Raphaël (2-0).

Patrick, how would you analyse this match?

It was a complicated match, a cup match… We started the game too slowly. We lacked rhythm and agression. It makes things difficult against a well set-up and organised side, with a very clear game plan. Thinking that a match is already won before playing it, there is nothing worse than that in football and in sport more generally. Thankfully, we were able to come out with better intentions in the second half. But when the levels of concentration are not right before a match, it’s tough to change them during the match. At the end of the day, I am still happy that we have qualified, because it was a banana skin match. But in terms of our content, I am far from satisfied.

We thought that the early red card might have helped you, but it didn’t prove to be the case in the end?

Let’s say that it maybe pushed us to try to make the difference individually, we lost our team game plan. We made too many poor choices in the final 30 metres of the pitch. I would have liked more team play, more movement up-front. We sent in quite a lot of crosses, but they didn’t lead to much. We were below par and it was due to the lack of concentration and commitment.

The relationships between Kasper Dolberg and the other attacking players still need perfecting…

Yes, that’s true. I need to find the right solution. Kasper lacks support and doesn’t get enough touches of the ball, that’s for sure. I need to find the players to play alongside him to get the best out of him. I think that Adam (Ounas) has the qualities to develop a good relationship with Kasper on the pitch. He hadn’t played 90 minutes in a single match for a long time. This goal at the end of the match will do him good. We need to work on the link-up play so that we can be more dangerous.