Fresh from knocking defending Coupe de France champions Paris Saint-Germain out of the tournament, Nice return to Ligue 1 action with the visit of Clermont to the Allianz Riviera on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the visitors enter the contest with Christophe Galtier’s side having just ended their winless and scoreless streak with a 2-1 success over a faltering Rennes outfit.
It would take a truly monumental effort for Nice to somehow knock PSG off their perch at the top of the Ligue 1 table, but a depleted Parisiens side who have looked far from convincing in crunch matches this term were put to the sword from 12 yards in the cup on Monday.
While the teams around them were busy conducting last-minute transfer business, Nice kept Mauricio Pochettino’s men at bay throughout the 90 minutes at the Parc des Princes and ultimately booked their place in the quarter-finals via a penalty shootout, with Xavi Simons missing the crucial spot kick for PSG.
This ever-resilient Nice outfit are unsurprisingly a different beast defensively under Galtier’s wing, and there is no rest for Les Aiglons after revelling in their last-16 win, as Marseille lie in wait in the quarter-finals next Wednesday.
Attention now turns back to league action for Nice for the time being, with Galtier’s second-placed side still 11 points behind PSG at the top of the table, but their Champions League destiny is firmly in their own hands heading into the business end of the season.
The cup win at PSG represented Nice’s seventh win on the bounce across all tournaments – with Galtier’s side also keeping clean sheets in three of their last four – but protecting their home goal is not the hosts’ forte, as they have not recorded a shutout at the Allianz Riviera in the league since August.