Ligue 1: the stable constants of RC Lens


Despite the changes, the Lensois gave the feeling of resuming, Sunday, against Brest (3-2), where they had stopped at the end of May. Continuity in the game as in the attitudes, and a certain idea of ​​suspense.

Four changes, one major in each line: Brice Samba in goal, Przemyslaw Frankowski past right piston, Deiver Machado taking his place on the left, Salis Abdul Samed to pair up with Seko Fofana in the middle, Loïs Openda up front. Against Brest, however, we found a lot of RC Lens from the end of last season.

 » We are in the continuity of the preparation and also of what we were doing at the end of last season, even if there were changesapproves Franck Haise, the blood and gold coach. We are fifteen games without defeat counting the friendlies (last defeat on April 3, in Strasbourg, 1-0). It always means something, it shows that there are fairly stable things and it’s rather encouraging. »







Pressing, generosity in the effort perfectly embodied by Florian Sotoca and his hat-trick, willingness to play, even against a tight block, chances (19 shots including 7 on target), cohesion and movement: Lens made Lens.





If Ajaccio, promoted from the eye-catching genre, will be another test, Sunday, in Corsica,  » we are able to make the difference at any time “, noted the Cameroonian striker Ignatius Ganago, joined by Loïs Openda: “ We wanted to attack from the start, even if we didn’t always have the finishing touches to score more goals. »

Lots of complementarity

Last to arrive, on July 6, the Belgian international striker sometimes made empty calls in the first period, but he has already found himself well with his partners, in particular Florian Sotoca. But not only, observes Franck Haise: “ There is a good complementarity also with David Pereira da Costa, who started the match, but if it is with Wesley (Said)with Gana (Ganago)with Gael and Adam (Kakuta and Buksa) when they are operational, I know that will be fine too. »





Before specifying: Complementarity exists when you want to be complementary: if you are altruistic, if you want to watch what the other is doing to make the right move, it works. Flo (Sotoca) has that, but he’s not the only one. Our offensive animation over the first 65 minutes is not just a complementarity of two players. »


This desire also manifests itself in the swing attitudes, a trademark, symbolized by the penalty caused by captain Seko Fofana (33rd). When Brest came back to threaten at 3-2 (82nd), RC Lens played less well, but, as Ignatius Ganago points out, “ we did not give up, as usual. We were welded, we stuck together « .

And then there are these flaws, which are also a bit recurrent, this way for Lensois to put themselves in danger, with these two goals conceded after the hour mark. We mastered almost 80% of the gameJudge Ignatius Ganago. The 20% is what we must continue to work on to avoid making mistakes and conceding goals like that. » «
There are a few things to improve, especially on the end of matches
“, insists Seko Fofana in turn, while slipping:” But it’s all part of us… »

What was not part of them, however, was winning their first game of the season in Ligue 1. Racing’s last victory there dated back to the first day of 2006-2007 (1-0 against Troyes, five defeats and a draw afterwards)…



The young striker Ibrahima Baldé should be loaned to L2, in Annecy, according to « Le Dauphiné ». He was expected in Haute-Savoie this Monday during the day.



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