Jonathan David found the penalty from the spot before half-time, while Florian Sotoca had been previously controlled by a great Lucas Chevalier. For the rest there was commitment, many cards (eight yellow cards in total), a rough game and not a few opportunities to light up after returning from the locker rooms. As a matter of fact, this derby in the north of France will not go down in history. However, it could be a key moment in Lille’s season.
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“Real derby” and great first
Because after losing the three matches against the neighbors of Pas-de-Calais 2021-22 (the two league games and that of the Coupe de France), the Mastiffs wanted to redeem themselves in front of their audience. Mission accomplished, therefore. “For the fans it was important to win. I had a lot of pressure, it was difficult to manage from start to finish.”the young Knight also admitted to Prime Video’s microphone.
“They played a real derby. Against a team that puts this energy and this malice in front of its audience, you have to be even better.”, greeted Franck Haise, aware that he missed his Blood and Gold a bit to hope for a better result at Pierre-Mauroy. Overmotivated and irreproachable in their mood, Benjamin André’s teammates also achieved an unprecedented performance for them since the start of the exercise: they have not conceded a goal.
Adam Ounas tries to get rid of Deiver Machado’s marking during the derby between Lille and Lens
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First clean sheet in 2022-23, this is therefore the other great satisfaction of the evening between the north rows. “We put our heart into it”Chevalier said. “Given the game we produce, we have to win more games. However, to win more, we had to defend better, Paulo Fonseca insisted with the broadcaster of the meeting. We had to change certain defensive attitudes, to be more united. In the future we will have to do as we did on Sunday, with a lot of aggression ”.
The end of one series, the beginning of another?
The previous weekend, Lille had experienced a serious hiccup in Lorient, losing in the last moments despite a situation of numerical superiority (2-1). “We talked a lot with the players after this defeat”, revealed the Portuguese coach, who hopes this victory will serve as a trigger. So far, his team has always retraced their steps after a promising result, which prevented them from really settling into the top. After stopping Lensoise’s impressive streak (17 games in a row without defeat), the time has come for the LOSC to finally launch their own.
Jonathan David (Lille) scorer against Lens
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