The passing of the torch therefore took place officially this Sunday, shortly before 7 p.m. Leader of Ligue 1 before the start of the 8th day, Losc, held in check in Nice (1-1) gave up its throne to PSG, executioner of Dijon (4-0), the day before. Ultra-favorite to his own succession, the three-time defending French champion has therefore recovered the place supposed to be his, on goal difference. To never let go? “In terms of the quality of the game offered and the potential, I think Lille can stand up to Paris for a while,” says Luis Fernandez, a former Parisian player and coach. For me, it’s stronger than Lyon or Marseille. “
At the start of the season, this Lille indeed seems cut out to titillate PSG. 18 points gained, 5 wins, 3 draws and still no defeat. For the moment, the results are more than satisfactory. And if the series of three successes in a row in L1 was interrupted against a very good team from Nice, the pace of the Northerners remains frantic. “The team is running well,” explains the former Blues midfielder. Christophe Galtier, the coach, has a good depth of bench, the group begins to know each other and will still be able to evolve around leaders like the captain, José Fonte. “
“Lille has big arguments”
It must be said that Lille has the weapons to compete with just about anyone in Ligue 1. Starting with a successful attack, like Yusuf Yazici, author of a hat-trick Thursday in the Europa League, in Prague (4-1), or Burak Yilmaz, scorer for the 4th time in 4 games this Sunday. “If we add Jonathan Bamba, Luis Araujo and Jonathan David, who, I’m sure, will prove to be, Lille has big arguments,” adds Fernandez. His defense, the best in Ligue 1 tied with that of PSG, with 3 goals conceded, also pleads in his favor.
“I am convinced that PSG will be champions, because the team is stronger and the means higher,” said Fernandez. But Lille will be his most serious opponent in France. And then, Montpellier and Monaco have achieved the unthinkable, so why not them? “
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