What if Alexis Claude-Maurice was finally launched? Almost two years after his arrival at OGC Nice, the attacking midfielder finally begins to string together interesting performances. Triple decisive passer in the victory of the Aiglons against Brest this Sunday, despite a numerical inferiority (3-2), he made a great match, achieving in passing a unique performance in the recent history of his club. Such a line of statistics had never been made since Opta studied our championship, that is to say since the 2006/2007 season.
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“It is certainly the most successful match of my career. I am proud of my game, three assists is not nothing. I know my qualities, I knew I could pass in percussion on the third base. We continued to play ten, to create shifts, we had this extra soul to first go for the draw, then the victory “, commented the former Lorientais not little proud after the meeting, and in particular of this personal exploit on the goal of the victory in the 89th minute.
“It is certainly the most successful match of my career”
His missed early opportunities had already been digested. There is still significant room for improvement but Claude-Maurice is becoming more regular in Nice, justifying the € 13 million that was invested in him in the summer of 2019. His first season on the Côte d’Azur was not satisfactory ( 24 matches, 1 goal, 2 assists in all competitions) and until this winter, he had started out on the same basis. Over the last 9 meetings, the situation has changed with 3 goals and 4 offerings.
Used on the side, left most of the time and sometimes even as a piston by Patrick Vieira, Claude-Maurice gained influence under the leadership of Adrien Ursea. The Romanian repositioned him in the midfield. First at the most offensive position in the middle in 4-3-3 or, since Gouiri’s injury, in support of Dolberg in a 4-1-4-1. “I think he himself does not yet know his limits”, even ignited his trainer yesterday.
Ursea: “He does not yet know his limits”
“Alexis was huge. We see a player in full confidence, who takes risks. Honestly, as a spectator, I would pay my ticket to go see players like that. These are the players who delight the crowds. That’s why football is beautiful. It’s to see such players. Alexis is growing up. We are all very happy for him ”, added the technician at a press conference.
Soon 23 years old (next June 6), Claude-Maurice is getting thicker. He will not be able to save the season of a club which has lived through a complicated exercise but can already capitalize on its recent performances for the next school year, probably with a new coach. The player under contract until 2024 also arrives in form at the right time since the final phase of the Euro Espoirs looms. On May 31, the Bleuets face the Netherlands for a place in the semi-finals. This time, it will not be necessary to be late for the ignition.