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Rémy-Osimhen: 'A good partnership'

Publish on 07/02/2020 at 11h30 - D. CROSSAN

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Ahead of taking on Angers on Friday evening, LOSC veteran Loïc Rémy has talked up his strike partnership with the club's leading scorer Victor Osimhen.

Rémy and Osimhen played together in attack on Tuesday evening and Rémy struck the only goal of the game at home to Rennes as LOSC enhanced their prospects of finishing in the top three by beating a direct rival. Rémy and Osimhen had also been used in tandem in the 2-1 win at Strasbourg in the previous game with Osimhen netting a late winner from the penalty spot to take his Ligue 1 Conforama tally for the season to 11.

Rémy, now 33, has four league goals to his name this season despite only starting six matches and the former French international hopes to be given the chance to improve his burgeoning understanding with Osimhen, the Nigerian international forward some 12 years his junior.

"He's physical and quick"

Rémy said: "When I play upfront with him I feel the complementarity. He's physical and quick. He fights for every ball. I was fast (laughs), less so now. I feel comfortable with him playing as a second forward. With a certain game intelligence I manage to create space for myself with my movement. For now it's a good partnership. Victor has played more of his games as a lone forward. I spoke about things to the coach and he told me he had the strike partnership in mind. Against Nîmes and Strasbourg it worked pretty well."

Out of contract at the end of the season, Rémy is on course to improve on the seven goals he managed in the league in his debut LOSC campaign and the former OM and Chelsea forward is full of ambition. He said: "I see it every day: the lads are motivated. It won't be decided by many points. Confidence is being gained match by match and we're not looking at the end of the season just yet. Rennes was a mini turning point as had we lost the gap between us and them would have been consequential. We know the importance of every game."

Should LOSC win at Angers, having beaten them 2-1 in northern France in Round 5, then Christophe Galtier's men will move level with Rennes, who are in action at home to Brest the following day. Angers are on a bad run, having won only one of their last nine league games, falling 1-0 at Monaco on Tuesday evening.

Moulin: "Our second half against Monaco was very good"

Angers coach Stéphane Moulin said: "Our second half against Monaco was very good but it didn't allow us to get back on terms and then go ahead. The squad were very disappointed with the result, as I was. We're not on a good run and we're out of luck at the moment. We played well at Monaco. Lille are a very good team and they're going very well at the moment. We'll be up against top opponents and it will be a difficult match."


Probable teams:

Angers SCO: Petkovic; Manceau, Traore, Thomas, Doumbia; Santamaria; Thioub, Fulgini, Mangani, Pereira Lage; Alioui

LOSC: Maignan; Celik, Jose Fonte, Gabriel, Reinildo; Renato Sanches, Andre, Soumare, Luiz Araujo; Osimhen, Ikone