This Sunday at 1:00 p.m., TFC will challenge OGC Nice in their return to Ligue 1, two years after leaving it. The editors of the LesViolets.Com site offer you the 10 things you should know about this meeting, the first day of the championship.
1. The starting signal, finally!
The Purples have been waiting for this moment since March 8, 2020 and the premature end of the 2019-2020 season, which condemned TFC to Ligue 2. Two years later, Téf is back. After two years of traveling to Dunkirk, Niort, Valenciennes, TFC has recovered and will once again face the best in France. Up, Always.
2. Return to the Stadium
Exactly three months after Nîmes (2-1) won the French Ligue 2 title, the team from Toulouse will find their den this Sunday, against Nice. A few hours after this inevitably long-awaited comeback, more than 10,000 fans have already taken out their season ticket, and 20,000 people should come to fill the Stadium. Not bad for a Sunday in August, right?
3. Towards a 4-3-3 system
For the first of the season, Montanier should field a 4-3-3 team, similar to the scheme used last season. If there are any doubts, Dupé will start in goal, and the young Chaïbi in the middle, alongside the Spierings – Van den Boomen pair. Opposite, between Ado Onaiwu and the rookie Dallinga, doubt dominates.
The probable XI: Dupé – Desler, Rouault, Nicolaisen, Sylla – Spierings, Chaïbi, Van den Boomen – Ngoumou, Onaiwu (or Dallinga), Ratao.
4. Premieres of Dallinga and Aboukhlal
We expected to see Oliver Zandén, finally the Swedish left-back did not even stay in the group and will not be a substitute. On the other hand, Thijs Dallinga is aiming for a starting spot and Zakaria Aboukhlal will probably enter in the second half to animate one of the two corridors. The two attacking signings of Toulouse showed good and less good things during the preparation and they must speed up their integration. As for Kjetil Haug, the new goalkeeper, he should not be a starter, banned for the moment by Maxime Dupé.
5. Baptism of fire for Farès Chaïbi?
A true revelation of the summer, the neo-professional gradually established himself in the midfield rotation, to the point of being a starter for the Pros during the last friendly against Clermont, lost 1-0. Author of 3 goals and 2 assists during the preparation, he impresses with his precision and quality with the ball. Pitchoun will make his Ligue 1 debut this Sunday and even claim a starting spot, in place of captain Dejaegere.
6. OGC Nice Starting XI
For his first official match since his return to the Nice bench, Lucien Favre should field a team similar to the one that beat Torino last Saturday (1-0). In goal, rookie Kasper Schmeichel appears to be too fair to start, as does Welshman Aaron Ramsey in the middle. For his part, Beka Beka, recently arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow, holds the rope for a first start.
The probable XI: Bulka – Bard, Dante, Todibo, Lotomba – Rosario, Beka Beka (or Claude-Maurice), Thuram – Gouiri, Delort, Brahimi.
7. The great returns of Todibo and Delort
The two former Toulouse players will return to the Stadium pitch this Sunday, but this time in the colors of Nice. Jean-Clair Todibo played 10 games with the shirt of his training club, where he came to light. Transferred to Barça in January 2019, he will never flourish there, stringing loans to Schalke 04, then Benfica and OGC Nice where he finally seems to have found his happiness. Andy Delort never shone with TFC. The striker, so effective elsewhere, scored only 10 goals for Téf in 47 games and left the image of a disappointing striker here.
8. Nice: a fiery attack
In difficulties at the end of the preparation, the Toulouse defense will surely have to raise their voices if they do not want to take water against the Nice army. The Toulouse rearguard will have to be wary of the phenomenon Amine Gouiri, 22, author of 10 goals and 9 assists last season. And then the insatiable Andy Delort, of course.
9. A referee with a mixed TFC background
This TFC – Nice will be refereed by the experienced Johan Hamel, 41 years old. Accustomed to high level, he was on the whistle in 11 TFC games, for a balance of 4 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses. Notably, he refereed Téf during Rhys Healey’s famous hat-trick at Dunkirk in May 2021 (3-3 draw).
10. Did you know?
During the last TFC – Nice, in February 2020, a few days before the end of the 2019-2020 season, Toulouse lost 2-0 and had to finish the match at 9 o’clock after Ruben Gabrielsen and Steven Moreira were sent off. In a hostile environment, TFC had lived through a real nightmare for what will be their fifteenth consecutive game without a win in Ligue 1. We all remember the tears of Aaron Leya Iseka as he left the field, the one who had missed the equalizing penalty in the minute 91, precipitating the defeat of his team. Let’s hope for a better result this Sunday!
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