In an interview for Marca, Tulio de Melo, French champion in 2011 with the LOSC, imagines that the Mastiffs will be crowned this season. The Brazilian striker also compares the two generations, where he finds similarities.
For Tulio de Melo, the coronation of Lille is no longer in doubt two days from the end of the championship. “It’s an unexpected success. PSG were the big favorites, but I think Lille will be champion, he said in the columns of Marca. They advance game by game and win them all, also against the greatest, as we had done: 1-0, 0-1, 2- 1 … “
“This Lille is more balanced, more solid”
Withdrawn from the field for two years, the one who played 29 Ligue 1 matches during the season of the last Northern title, ten years ago, compares the two generations. “There are certain parallels between this Lille and the one today. We both started the championship without being contenders for the title. We had just finished fourth and we started the season aiming for qualification in the Champions League. . In both cases, there is a bloc that has been playing together for years. We knew each other well and we had a lot of automatisms “.
“This Lille, on the other hand, is more balanced, more solid, explains the one who is now involved in the neogications for the arrival of Gerson at OM. He has a great goalkeeper like Maignan, José Fonte leads the team. from behind, Botman was an excellent addition to the defense, Soumaré is very strong in the middle, Bamba works a lot collectively … “
The De Melo-Sow pair compared to the Yilmaz-David duo
“The arrival of Sow has brought a plus, also explains the former Brazilian center-forward, in reference to the comparison between the Senegalese striker and his Turkish counterpart this season recently issued by Mickaël Landreau. He has scored a lot of goals. And I think the same thing happened in this Lille with the signings of Jonathan David and Burak Yilmaz. (…) I was more like Yilmaz, a big ‘9’ and reference, and Sow was more mobile, more like Jonathan David. We complemented each other well and so did they. “
There are two games left at this LOSC, against Saint-Etienne and Angers, to finish the job and succeed the band of Rudi Garcia who had managed the double cup-championship, by winning a fourth title of champion of France. As a reminder, four points will be enough, whatever the performance of Paris Saint-Germain.