Among fans, LOSC’s victory against Reims does not completely erase the shock of the derby
The Mastiffs returned to victory last night against Reims with goals from Jonathan David and Benjamin André before the break. Domineering at first, Lille still trembled until the end with Alexis Flips’ reduction in score.
If Lille has succeeded in a first step towards reconciliation with its supporters, it has not yet found the formula to kill a meeting. Authors of a very good first period, validated by two goals from Jonathan David (31st) and Benjamin André (43rd) on two serves from Burak Yilmaz, LOSC fell back into its pitfalls with a much more difficult second part of the game.
Flips reduced the score from the penalty spot (2-1, 74th) and Ivo Grbic was invaluable in the Champagne highlight (54th, 56th, 58th, 68th). “Taking the three points was the goal of the day,” said Gourvennec, after showing his joy at the final whistle. “We responded at a time when we had to win at home. It was important to meet the expectations of our audience. ”
The icy reception, under the whistles, logically warmed up over the minutes. “It’s kind of normal because last Saturday we lost the derby and it’s a very important game for them. We know that there will inevitably be a reaction. We are professionals and we have to accept it, “slipped Jonathan David before dwelling on the turning point of the meeting (51st). “If I score, it’s bent,” he said, but his catch ended on the crossbar.
Until then, the Northerners had been serious, well organized, and never worried. Gourvennec had remained faithful to his 4-4-2 but had completely overhauled his left side. Amadou Onana took advantage of Xeka’s suspension to instill power and envy. Hit in the knee (80th), he will undergo medical examinations this Thursday. Gabriel Gudmundsson showed a good taut shot (11th) and managed several crosses before breaking down physically. Timothy Weah didn’t necessarily look comfortable on that left side. But collectively, the LOSC had control over the meeting and Reims was stifled. It couldn’t go on.
In addition to pushing a rant at the break, Oscar Garcia changed system (transition to 4-4-2 diamond) and players. The entry of Ilan Kebbal immediately sowed discord in the northern organization. “Even if Reims attacked more, we stayed together. I never thought we were going to lose all three points. We remained calm, ”insisted Jonathan David. It wasn’t so obvious from the stands but in the end, LOSC took three valuable points to give themselves some air in the standings and in the heads. “We weren’t able to take shelter, but we regained an efficiency that we lacked last week. We played with the heart, “said the Mastiff coach before concluding:” We know we have to have a positive streak now because we have already dropped a lot of points. “The trip to Strasbourg is already in three days …