Close to Ligue 2 with Annecy, Nissouis Alexei Bosetti (29), the gymnast still rooted in the heart, will travel to the Stade de France on Saturday inside Populaire Sud, for the Coupe de France final against Nantes. The striker recounts his enthusiasm for RMC Sport a few days before two crucial matches.
Alexei Bosetti, which match do you fear more: Friday’s match with Annecy or the OGC Nice final on Saturday?
On Friday against Borg en Press of course. She’ll even see a little Saturday (laughs). I really hope we get the job done and sure we’ll officially go up and behind, I can give it up, decompress and have a good weekend. If we don’t win on Friday and we don’t validate the climb, it’s still in my head, and I won’t be there entirely (note, at the Stade de France). The goal then is Friday, to focus on going up and behind him we can have a good party in Paris, especially if there is a second victory.
What memory do you hold from address 1997, the last address to date?
I was too young to know it, but my dad went there by train. He told me and my brother about it, and showed us the pictures. In 2006 (for the League Cup final that I lost to Nancy) I went there with him. It was complicated to get there full of hope and lose that road. I think we were very favourite.
25 years ago, Fred Gurria raised the cup, you knew him well …
He’s been my coach at the training center in Nice, I’ve been working with him as a professional assistant, we’ve always been close as people from Nice and we love the club. He was captain in 1997, so he was the last Niswa to lift the trophy. We have talked about it without further, but of course this date remains, for all residents of Nice, unforgettable. Hopefully we don’t have to wait 25 years, if we win this weekend, to get another trophy back.
Christoph Galtier is the captain of this team.
Andy Delort is the star striker at the moment. He quickly put the fans in his pocket …
He’s a guy from the south so he’s a little bit like us, he’s got an incredible grinta, he’s close to the people, he’s a pro. He’s a renter, he’s feisty, he defends, he’s a dog, everything we love. He really is the perfect profile for OGC Nice and he is also talented. Having known him much younger, 13 years ago when we were in Ajaccio, he is also a great guy off the field. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. When he signed in Nice, I was very happy and convinced that it would work.
Upon arriving in Nice, he said he had always wanted to work under Christophe Galtier. Do you want too?
Galtaire’s only fault is from Marseilles (laughs). He has a mindset that perfectly fits in with the Nice crowd. Of course I wanted to develop under his orders, I often played against him when he was coaching Saint-Etienne, and we saw at the time that ‘Sainté’ was strong and had a winning mentality. Christoph Galtier, to me, is the captain of the team in terms of mentality. He brings this desire, this desire to win titles as he did last year with Lille. He has that extra thing.
We’ll talk about a feat if Nice win the French Cup, but Annecy’s promotion in Ligue 2 would be one thing too?
It is true that the season was not planned to end this way. We were hoping for a quiet season with maintenance, and we were happy. We were on top very early and we are the team that has been on the podium the longest. We deserve to be there.
On a personal level, you’re having a great ending to the season…
Yes, I have scored eight goals since January after a complicated period of nearly two years without playing between the United States and Covid and returning to France and the championship ended last season and I arrived physically strong. It took me six months to get used to this team and the demands of the coach. The season ended well for me, and we’ll do everything we can to keep it going over the last two games and next season.
Friday’s success, along with Saturday’s Nice title, will it be the best weekend of your season?
Ah, but that would be my very life sequence! Going to Ligue 2 with the team and the group would be unbelievable, and the next day it was Nice’s first since 1997 around my birth, it would be the weekend of a lifetime, not the season (laughs).