Nice’s embarrassing Coupe de France exit shows how big a mess they are in | Nice

There are moments in a season that can provoke profound self-reflection in a club. Nice’s shock 1-0 defeat to Le Puy-en-Velay Foot 43 Auvergne in the round of 64 of the Coupe de France represents one of those moments, laying bare the incoherence of Ineos’ project.

Flashback to last May and Nice, under the stewardship of now-PSG manager Christophe Galtier, were playing in the Coupe de France final against Nantes. The club’s failure to jump over the first hurdle by beating third-tier side Le Puy-en-Velay in this year’s campaign shows just how poorly their team has been constructed.

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