Delort: 'Who dares wins'

Publish on 12/05/2022 at 05:42 - S. WILLIS


Andy Delort, the two-goal hero of OGC Nice's come-from-behind 4-2 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday, says his side are still aiming as high as possible with two matches left to go.

Now in fourth place after winning their postponed Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 36 clash at home to Saint-Etienne 4-2, OGC Nice are well positioned to earn a European - and maybe even Champions League - finish, and Andy Delort believes that the win can be instructive as to how OGC Nice should look to finish their season.

'We kept pushing'

"Usually, as soon as we score, we back off but today, as soon as we scored, we kept pushing," he explained. "You can see the difference over 45 minutes, with the quality players we have; we can make the difference at any time. We've been missing something and it's a shame."

A trademark of Delort's passage at Toulouse, Montpellier and Nice has been his positivity and can-do attitude, and the Algeria international believes the fighting spirit his side showed to come back from two goals down at half-time to win 4-2 - thanks to two goals from him, including his first-ever free-kick - can reap further rewards with two matches left to play.

'Go all out'

"There are two games left, we have to go all out to secure something," explained the 30-year-old, whose side missed out on Coupe de France glory with a 1-0 defeat to Nantes in Saturday's final. "It's true that we are very disappointed with the final but I think, considering the season, we deserve to be higher in the standings."

Now with clashes at home to LOSC and away to Reims to finish the season, Nice could in theory - should other results go their way - finish as high as second and claim direct Champions League qualification or hold tight in fourth and go into the Europa League next season.

Carpe diem

How will it all end? Delort doesn't seem too fussed, his description of his free-kick goal suggesting that as long as his side give their all, he will be happy.

"I loaded the shotgun and sent it hard into the middle," said the rumbustious striker. "The shot went hard and dipped at the last moment. Who dares wins."

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