This Sunday at 1pm, TFC will challenge OGC Nice for their return in Ligue 1, two years after they left. LesViolets.Com writes 10 things to know about this meeting, the first day of the tournament.
1. The starting signal, finally!
Purple has been waiting for this moment since March 8, 2020 and the early end of the 2019-20 season, which ruled the TFC in the Second Division. Two years later, Téf returned. After two years traveling to Dunkirk, Niort and Valenciennes, TFC has recovered and will face the best in France once again. always so.
2. Back to the field
Three months from the day after winning the Ligue 1 champion from Nimes (2-1), Toulouse will find their home this Sunday, against Nice. A few hours before this inevitable return, more than 10,000 fans have already canceled their subscriptions, and 20,000 people must come to fill the stadium. Not bad for a Sunday in August, right?
3. Towards a 4-3-3 . system
For the first season, Montagnier must play a team in a 4-3-3, similar to the scheme used last season. In case of some doubts, Dube will already start in goal, the young Chebbi in the middle, along with the Spierings duo – Van den Boomen. In the foreground, between Ado Onaiwu and the rookie Dallinga, doubt reigns.
Possible eleventh: Dupé – Desler, Rouault, Nicolaisen, Sylla – Spierings, Chaïbi, Van den Boomen – Ngoumou, Onaiwu (or Dallinga), Ratao.
4. Dalinga and Abu Khalil movie premiere
We expected to see Oliver Zanden, and finally the Swedish left side was not kept in the group and would not be a substitute. On the other hand, Teges Dalanga is ahead for a starting point, and Zakaria Abu Khalil is likely to enter the second half to move one of the lanes. The two offensive recruits in Toulouse showed good and less good things while preparing and they must speed up their integration. As for new goalkeeper Kjetil Haug, he should not start, as Maxime Dubes has blocked him for the time being.
5. The baptism of fire for a folk knight?
A real reveal of the summer, the new professional gradually imposed himself in the rotation in the middle, to the starting point with the professionals during the last friendly match against Clermont, losing 1-0. He composed 3 goals and 2 assists while preparing, and is impressive with his accuracy and quality of the ball. Pichon will make his Ligue 1 debut on Sunday, and even claim a starting spot, in place of captain Djiguerre.
6. OGC Nice starting xi
In his first official match since returning to the bench in Nice, Lucien Favre should be involved in a team similar to the team that beat Torino last Saturday (1-0). At goal, rookie Kasper Schmeichel appears too fair to start, as does Welshman Aaron Ramsey in the middle. On the other hand, Pika Pika, newly arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow, carries the rope for a first term.
Possible eleventh: Bulka – Bard, Dante, Todibo, Lotomba – Rosario, Beka Beka (or Claude-Maurice), Thuram – Gouiri, Delort, Brahimi.
7. Big returns from Todibo and Delort
The two former Toulouse players will return to the pitch on Sunday, but this time under Nice. Jean-Clair Todibo played 10 matches for his club’s coaching shirt, where he appeared. Transferred to Barcelona in January 2019, he would never have succeeded in thriving there, taking loans to Schalke 04 and then to Benfica and OGC Nice where he seems to have finally found his happiness. Andy Delort, never really shined with TFC. The striker, although effective in other places, scored only 10 goals with Téf in 47 games and left here the image of a disappointing striker.
8. Nice: Fire Attack
With difficulty at the end of the preparations, the defense of Toulouse would certainly have to raise their voices if they did not want to face the Nice fleet. The Toulouse goalkeeper will have to beware of the phenomenon of Amine Guéiri, 22, who scored 10 goals and 9 assists last season. And then, of course, Andy Delort glutton.
9. Referee with a mixed record with TFC
TFC – Nice will be refereed by experienced player Johann Hamill, 41. He used to be at the high level, and he whistled in 11 TFC matches, recording 4 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats. He managed Teff especially during the famous Rhys Healy trilogy at Dunkirk in May 2021 (Tie 3-3).
10. Did you know?
During the last TFC match – Nice, in February 2020, just a few days before the end of the 2019-20 season, Toulouse lost 2-0 and had to finish the match at 9 after Robin Gabrielsen and Stephen Moreira were sent off. In a hostile atmosphere, TFC experienced a veritable nightmare for what would be their 15th consecutive game without a win in Ligue 1 Ligue 1. We all remember the tears of Aaron Lea Isica’s exit from the field, whose 91st-minute equalizer penalty precipitated his team’s defeat. Let’s hope for a better result this Sunday!
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