Fournier : " Don't get carried away "

Julien Fournier, the club's Director of Football, has taken advantage of the international break to speak to French sports daily L'Equipe and give his analysis of the Rouge-et-Noir's opening third of the league season.

Under the headline 'We've done nothing', Julien Fournier gave his view on the team's development so far and their current position of third in the league table. "What's important is that we're in the fight. After 13 games, that has some meaning. It was our objective and we're in there. We were also in there at the same stage last season, but with a lot fewer certainties in our play. What we're doing now has more substance: we're a team that can be beaten, but we're difficult to beat. That wasn't the case last season."

« I expect more from Justin, Calvin, Kasper and Alexis. They're fantastic in terms of their commitment and attitude, but the reality is on the pitch… »

Julien Fournier, in l'Équipe on 12/11/2021

Christophe Galtier's contribution - "A very very hard worker with great attention to detail" and fuelled by "the demands of the highest level". He covered a number of other subjects, including certain individual cases. "Even if injuries are part of the life of a top-level athlete, it's clear I expect more from Justin [Kluivert], that I expect more from Calvin [Stengs], that I expect more from Kasper [Dolberg], that I expect more from Alexis [Claude-Maurice]. They have to give more to the club. They know it. They're fantastic in terms of their commitment and attitude, but the reality is on the pitch: we've played nearly 13 matches without them. They have to get back with us."

« As of now, at OGC Nice, we've done nothing," he said. "If we take the clubs who are in the fight with us, in the last 25 years, Lens have been champions, Rennes have won a trophy and played in the Champions League, Marseille have won, Lille have won, Paris have won, Monaco have won. The only ones who haven't won anything is us. So, we absolutely must not get carried away. »

You can read the whole interview in today's L'Equipe (in French)