” We can and we must ride this success. ” On the eve of the match against FC Nantes in the French football championship, Saturday, November 27, Jocelyn Gourvennec, the coach of Lille, had raised the issue of this 15e Ligue 1 day for its players: “Qwhen we is capable of making a match as solid as Tuesday ” against Salzburg in the Champions League (1-0 victory), “We have to show that we can re-edit it”.
The ace. Saturday late afternoon, Lille did not really manage to “surf”. In any case, not long enough. Against Nantes, they conceded a draw (1-1), thus extending an ongoing series: for the reigning French champion, it is the sixth game without a win in the national championship, the third draw of sharp.
However, the northerner team had taken the “top of the wave”: Burak Yilmaz had opened the scoring in the 9e minute of play, the Turk being at the penalty spot, receiving a pass back at the entrance to the opponent’s area from Jonathan Bamba.
“It was a shitty match”
But Lille did not manage to surf on this advantage. And, as is often the case in recent weeks, they have not been able to hold out over time. Against Paris (2-1), Angers (1-1) or Monaco (2-2), they conceded goals at the end of the match. Faced with Nantes, they gave in much faster.
At the 24e minute, the Nantes came back to the score: Ludovic Blas recovered the ball in front of Tiago Djalo and took advantage of a slip of the Lille defender to appear 18 meters from the goal and shoot with the left foot. After this equalization, the end of the first period will be dominated by the Nantes team, jostling their opponent showing little control and unable to shoot on goal.
The Lille will be able to feed regrets, because, in the second half, after having recovered a little after an hour of play, and having increased the pressure on their opponents, they obtained a penalty in the 77e minute. But Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont repelled Jonathan David’s shot.
“We need to be more focused. We have to win this match ”, said Jocelyn Gourvennec after the meeting. “It was a crappy match with a crappy lawn!” We had to do better. We miss a penalty… We said we had to regain this efficiency. We did not find her this evening “, dropped, for his part, Lille midfielder Benjamin André.
With this new draw, Lille remains at the 12e place in the Ligue 1 standings, just behind his opponent of the day.