This Friday evening, the LOSC has an appointment with the return of Ligue 1 and a perilous trip to the Monegasque Rock. In dire need of points, the Mastiffs will have to relaunch a new positive series to believe in a thrilling end to the season. Here are the four good reasons to follow this meeting.
Stop this bad series after the international cuts
Very little appreciated by supporters, the international end-of-year truces have not smiled on LOSC this season. The first is engaged after the launch of a good dynamic and a victory at home against Montpellier (2-1). The rest you know, a football porridge in the nightfall of Lorient with many internationals barely returned. In the second, things were better for the LOSC (3 wins in a row) before falling against the ogre from Clermont in a stadium totally committed to the cause of the Auvergne. A match where Lille will have been surpassed in the game by the men of Pascal Gastien. A situation similar to that of Lorient where Terem Moffi and his teammates had gained the upper hand over those of Burak Yilmaz.
A bad emerging series that we must quickly succeed in stopping at the Stade Louis-II by necessarily bringing back points. The situation in the league begins to worry and Lille, the defending champion, must react. For this, Lille will have to do without Amadou Onana, suspended following his red card at the end of the match against Angers and Sven Botman, in the recovery phase, but also without Renato Sanches and Gabriel Gudmundsson, for muscular reasons, as well as Jonathan Bamba, hit in the ankle. It is also unlikely to see Jonathan David and Timothy Weah on the lawn of Louis II, after their long trip to America last night.
Take advantage of Monaco’s poor form
If Lille is not in the best form in its history, neither are AS Monaco. After a cannonball end of last season, which allowed the Principality’s club to grab a place in the Champions League play-offs at the end of it. This summer, unlike LOSC, stability was essential in Monaco. The same coach and a few small squad adjustments to give hope for another very good season. But Kovac and his men will quickly become disillusioned. A Champions League elimination against Shakthar and an eleventh place in the league.
If the results are not there, the gaming intentions have also somewhat disappeared. Niko Kovac is having a harder time getting his team to play this year, but nothing to worry about either. Only three points separate Monaco and Rennes, first European (Lille 5 points behind). What made Monaco strong last year remains the second part of the season. Little in confidence, the Monegasque club remains quite sovereign against LOSC at home. Lille’s last victory on the Rock in the league dates back to December 13, 2009 and a 4-0 victory.
The last five confrontations in L1
- 14.03.21 – ASM / LOSC: 0-0
- 06.12.20 – LOSC / ASM: 2-1
- 12/21/19 – ASM / LOSC: 5-1
- 03/15/19 – LOSC / ASM: 0-1
- 08/18/18 – ASM / LOSC: 0-0
Duel to follow
Jocelyn Gourvennec vs. Niko Kovac
The duel of this meeting is on the bench with two coaches who are having difficult weeks this season. The Croatian technician who has generally kept the same equipment is struggling to find a second wind and the game of his team suffers. In a 4-4-2 system with Ben Yedder and Tchouameni in particular as strong men, a lot is missing this season. Confidence and stability. Indeed, despite talented players, ASM has not scored in Ligue 1 for 298 minutes in Ligue 1. For the Croatian coach, a click could make the difference: “Sometimes in football it’s pretty simple, you just need clicks. If you force and push the opponent to make mistakes, it makes it easier to find your way back to success and score goals. This is what we will show in the next matches.
For his part, Jocelyn Gourvennec raised the same problem of efficiency at a press conference. For the Breton coach, Lille achieves good, consistent matches, but does not score enough. Against Angers, the symbol was powerful. A meeting where the opportunities were present, but the success to flee. Despite the danger that Baticle’s men sometimes manage to put, Lille’s defense remains effective except for this famous 83rd minute. So if Lille are not able to chain the goals this season, we must make sure to keep their clean sheet. A long-term job that Jocelyn Gourvennec intends to carry out from the meetings.
AS Monaco: Majecki, Nübel – Aguilar, Caio Henrique, Disasi, Jakobs, Maripán, Matsima, Pavlović, Sidibé – Diatta, Diop, Fofana, Gelson Martins, Jean Lucas, Lemarechal, Tchouaméni – Ben Yedder, Boadu, Isidor, Volland.
Absent: Badiashile, Golovin (suspended), Fabregas, Matazo (injured).
LOSC: Grbic, Jakubech – Celik, Pied, Reinildo, Bradaric, Fonte, Dabila, Djalo – Xeka, André, Niasse, Gomes, Ikoné, Lihadji, Mpembele – David, Weah, Yilmaz, Yazici
Absent: Jardim, Botman, Bamba, Sanches, Gudmundsson (injured), Onana (suspended), Ascone, Karnezis (choice).
The right time to regain confidence before Salzburg
If Lille does not work in the league this season, the Champions League could bring back a smile. A choice that could not be possible before the feat in Seville which aroused hopes. Indeed, almost doomed before the trip to Andalusia, the Mastiffs offered themselves two last days in suspense. To prepare as well as possible, nothing better than the victory against Monaco, also European, but diminished this season.
See you at 9 p.m. on Amazon Prime to observe this meeting and the many minutes before a victory for LOSC in Ligue 1. Le Petit Lillois is still there, one hour before the meeting to prepare you as well as possible. The referee of the meeting will be Willy Delajod.