April 4, 2021
Ursea: ‘What I wanted’
In the post-match press conference the Gym manager Adrian Ursea spoke about the satisfaction of seeing his side win in Nantes (1-2) and keep the positivity in the camp.
Adrian, as much as the victory must please you, you must also be delighted to see your unbeaten league run extend to five matches.
Yes, it’s a really good run that we need to carry on. It proves that we’ve improved and that the team are regaining confidence. I saw some good things this afternoon. We’re happy with the run but we know that from Tuesday we’ll be focused on the next game (Sunday April 11 against Reims).
You were worried there might be a drop-off after the derby win (3-0), are you happy with your players’ performance today?
It’s what I wanted. It’s always hard when you get back after an international break. We trained with 10 players and three goalkeepers so there weren’t many of us. There was another factor with our opponents fighting for their safety and we knew they would fight until the end. So we didn’t know how it would play out. I was really happy with how it went the side responded well and I liked their state of mind and the togetherness we had during the game.
After a good first half the team suffered a bit more after the break.
We played well for 60 minutes and started the second half well by hitting the post and if we’d scored then it would have been game over. At 2-1 Nantes still had a chance and the fact we suffered wasn’t in our plans but they played well and caused us problems tactically. We showed solidarity, defended well and we’re happy to have come away with the three points.
‘We’re delighted for Kasper’
OGC Nice are 10th in Ligue 1 after 31 games, does that win prove that you can know fight for the European spots?
It just shows that we can look for three points in the next game. Nothing else is on our minds. We’ll look at the points after the last game in Lyon (Ligue 1 Matchday 38). Football changes quickly and I like this way of looking at things and I hope that we’ll continue in the same fashion. I’m going to do everything to carry on like this without getting ahead of ourselves.
Kasper Dolberg’s brace today is somewhat of a reward for his efforts to get back into form.
Kasper works hard just like everyone at the club. We’ve been helping him for a while. Unfortunately he’s had a lot of niggles that have stopped him from being at his best. I think that since the game against Marseille (3-0) he’s been good. He’s fought hard ran a lot and won a lot of fouls. He’s starting to be back to his best and he can still improve so much. We’re delighted for him. When Kasper’s smiling it’s great and when he scores it’s even better.