At Roazhon Park.
He was clearly in doubt. His coach and his teammates might well insist that he remained “concerned” and motivated, one could doubt his confidence at the kick-off. Aligned alongside Amine Gouiri in attack, Andy Delort being suspended, Kasper Dolberg had a worrying series of nine games without scoring. His last pawn was in September, on the lawn of La Beaujoire. OGC Nice had won 2-0 and played the leading roles in Ligue 1. Less spirited for a few weeks, Christophe Galtier’s men erased the slap received at home against Strasbourg by winning 2-1 on Sunday on the lawn of a Stade Rennais which is marking time.
A priori at ease in the West, the Dane woke up his goals counter (four this season) by converting a penalty awarded by Willy Delajod in the middle of the first period. The French referee rendered a great service to the Aiglons by whistling a penalty on a Nice corner for a nudge in the face of Dante, who remained on the ground. A decision that can cause talk. But that especially allowed the Danish striker to regain confidence. In difficulty against Nayef Aguerd at the start of the meeting, the tall blond changed after his goal. In the second period, his back-to-goal control followed by a decisive pass for the minasse Youssouf Attal hurt the Bretons, unable to catch up, despite the reduction in the score of Benjamin Bourigeaud. “Kasper had his third start this season. He was very clairvoyant on the ball he gives Youcef. He is very cold on the penalty, ”greeted his trainer Christophe Galtier. Dolberg could even have killed the match with a point blank shot without a reflex intervention from Alfred Gomis.
We put the duo Dolberg Gouiri back on and we win matches … as if by chance
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Visibly cheerful by his goal, the Nice striker then battled to win, even coming back to defend on several blocking situations in Rennes. Or attempting a sequence of oriented control and volleying, which will pass over the goal of the premises. The mark of a confident boy.
The last time the Danish international was talked about was to talk about his diabetes. During November, Dolberg had unveiled what he described as “a surprise”. “I’m honestly relieved to finally know why I haven’t been feeling well for the past two weeks. Also, I am extremely happy that the doctors were able to confirm to me that with the right treatment, it would have no negative effect on my football career ”, explained the striker on his networks. A month later, the news of this diabetes seems to have been digested. Dante, huge in central defense this Sunday, prefers to salute the collective spirit. “We are a team that doesn’t look at who scores. Everyone always needs to be questioned. It is not a goal that will turn everything upside down. But it’s good for their confidence. The most important thing for us is discipline, commitment ”. With his decisive pass, Kasper Dolberg showed that he was playing in this spirit.
“We have been taken away a point”
Coming back to a point from Rennes, the Niçois have taken a big step forward in this Ligue 1 where there are many underdogs. They will have to confirm when they receive Lens for the last match before the break. A new challenge in an Allianz Riviera which is not very successful for him. “We have 30 points. We are doing the same course as Rennes, because they took a point away from us. We can regret all the poor performances at home, ”Christophe Galtier, far from boasting after the victory.