Before a derby between Lens and Lille this Friday to open the 36th day of Ligue 1, Gaël Kakuta attended a press conference on Wednesday. The opportunity for the Lensois attacking midfielder to entrust his desire to win a decisive match, with a view to the goal of 5th place but also potentially depriving the opponent of the title.
It is a particular derby which is announced this Friday (9 p.m.), at the opening of the 36th day of Ligue 1. Current leader of the classification, Lille moves on the ground of Lens, 5th and which aims a qualification for the next League. Europa. Even in a Bollaert Stadium which will still ring hollow behind closed doors, the meeting between the two northern teams promises to be very interesting on the ground, and decisive at the end of the season.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Gaël Kakuta still regretted the health context, depriving the players of an audience inflated to the block to support them. “The Lille-Lens derby without an audience is bad, we are not going to lie to each other, admitted the lensois playmaker. I am not on social networks but I know that we have the support of the supporters, c ‘is motivating. Everyone knows the rivalry, I’ve been here since I was little. It’s a special match, it would have been a plus for the supporters to give strength. “
“If we can deprive Lille of the title, it would be nice”
Widely beaten (4-0) last October for the first leg due to “overconfidence”, the Sang et Or got up from this “slap” to re-mobilize afterwards. “There is a lot more maturity. Now, we are as good from a defensive point of view as offensive, entrusted Kakuta. We lied to ourselves by wanting to press very high. Lille had quickly gained the upper hand. on us.”
This time, a victory for RCL would necessarily be another step forward for Franck Haise and his men for 5th place, they who are fighting with OM. But also, this success could allow PSG to return to Lille, provided that the Parisians draw at least Sunday (9 p.m.) traveling to Rennes. “We focus on us, it’s only a bonus. We can go higher, we will try to do it. And if we can deprive Lille of the title, that would be nice too, dropped Kakuta. I prefer that Paris be champion. “
Gaël Kakuta left in 2007 from his training club, as a symbol could help his team to win a derby, which has not happened since the same year. Born in Lille, the former Amiens player is nonetheless a thoroughbred and gold. “I arrived very early in Lens, I consider myself born here. I haven’t experienced much in Lille, said Kakuta. With my family, we all left Lille very early even though we lived there. We were more Lensois. “