“What shape are you in before this game? Does this derby against Lens change your approach?
Telling you no would be lying. In a derby, of course, things are different. We saw the backers yesterday (Thursday). It’s a special game for them. We could talk to them. We know how important this meeting is in their eyes, but also for us. We have to show it on the field. We know what kind of atmosphere is created. I feed off that good pressure to play a great game at home and win.
Their president has asked players to increase their investment…
We spoke to the whole group. He supports because the derby is representative of his values. Sporting commitment is important. Obviously there is an accounting disappointment on our side. We drew where we should have won. We didn’t do those little things that make meetings rock. But we are still in an important series. Despite everything, we’re making progress and getting closer to our European goal, three points behind Nice. This championship is difficult for everyone. This derby will decide many things.
Lille are unbeaten in Ligue 1 for eight straight games (W4 D4). LOSC’s last defeat was on February 6th at home to PSG (1-5).
“Lens has been producing very good, dynamic and enthusiastic football for two years”
What do you fear about this Lens team?
For two years they have been producing very good, dynamic and enthusiastic football. You trust yourself with a lot of advance energy. Tactically, their system is not classic. We saw that in the cup (2-2, 3-4 on penalties) and in the first leg (0-1). We know it will be a difficult game against a very good team and good players. It’s up to us to focus on ourselves.
Why do you have more problems offensively (two goals in the last four league games)?
The return of our defensive block went through more collective efforts. Conversely, we might have had more problems offensively. We must do more to support our attackers. Solutions can only be collective. It’s up to us to place the cursor on the correct layer. Staying solid is our trademark, but also projecting ourselves, having more chances and being more realistic. If we score on our first chances, we’re very difficult to beat afterwards. »