After collecting a single point during the previous campaign in C1, LOSC started its group stage of the Champions League this Tuesday evening with the reception of Wolfsburg, one of its opponents in a homogeneous and affordable group. At least if Lille regains its virtues of last season, in the words of Jocelyn Gourvennec, new coach visibly adept at the work of his predecessor, Christophe Galtier. Articulated in their classic 4-4-2, the Mastiffs have, after a timid first quarter of an hour, given the feeling of having found bite. More aggressive on the ball carrier, better organized, with more movement, they gradually took precedence over a current Bundesliga leader Wolfsburg.
However, despite the calls from David, the generosity of Yilmaz, the vista of Ikoné and Gomes, Lille failed to find the loophole during the first period despite several interesting situations. There was always a little something missing in the last move (power, speed or precision) to really hurt. At least the efficiency was present in defense, with no shots taken in the first half. When they returned from the locker room, LOSC thought they had found the fault thanks to Jonathan David, put into orbit by an Ikoné head. The players celebrated the goal for a long time, but the referee put an end to it after the intervention of the VAR who had not passed the ball out of bounds a few seconds before the goal …
This did not negate the continued efforts of Lille who returned to the attack with their quartet, while the Wolves did not really look like the beast currently reigning in the German championship. Better, they were reduced to ten following the expulsion of John Brooks, the defender warned a second time (62nd). And David tried his luck again with a tight strike in stride, again without success. Lille pushed, carried by its public and by a determination worthy of the previous season.
Burak Yilmaz unfortunately struggled to be effective, like his offensive friends and Wolfsburg was doing almost miraculously. Gourvennec launched Yazici and Lihadji to relay Gomes and Ikoné, the siege of the German surface continued but the goal did not come. Last thrill at the end of additional time with the referee who designated the penalty point, before the VAR intervenes to transform the whole into a free kick outside the area. The LOSC will be able to feed regrets after this initial 0-0 at home as it will have dominated the debates and shown a beautiful face. Here he is with the same total of points as in his last campaign in the Champions League. But there are 5 games left to improve it.
The classification of the group stage.