If he especially does not want to get carried away after beating PSG (1-0) this Saturday, Christophe Galtier must recognize that Lille is ideally placed to be champion this season.
Even lip service, Christophe Galtier has trouble saying it. Difficult to speak openly about the title race. The facts are however there: with seven days of the end of the championship, his Losc occupies the head of the standings with three points ahead of the PSG, his closest pursuer whom he has just beaten at the Parc des Princes (1-0 ).
“We are first with 66 points in the 31st day. I’ll let you make the comments, but we are in the battle. Monaco managed a great performance before us (4-0 against Metz), they are there. Lyon and Paris are There. There are three, four and six points (difference) as I speak to you (before Lens-OL). It may seem little and I think it is little, “insisted the northerner coach after the victory at the Parc des Princes.
“We have to celebrate this important victory but …”
Ten years after its last title of champion of France, Lille seems to have the weapons to keep this leading position until the end. To do this, it will be necessary to stop losing points in the face of opponents well within his reach. In recent weeks, the Mastiffs have notably stumbled over Brest (0-0) and Strasbourg (1-1), before being dominated by Nîmes (2-1) in the fight for maintenance. “We have to stay on our fundamentals, that the group believes in its potential and that the players understand that we cannot do anything alone, with ten or eleven, but that we can do it with 18 or 20 players. We don’t think we have the best squad in Ligue 1, but in the determination, the investment, we must be irreproachable. It is also by not putting all that we had to put against Nîmes that we lost. to use this kind of error. I liked the speech of Mike (Maignan) after the match in the locker room. We must celebrate this important victory but quickly get mobilized again to be ready in Metz “, underlined Galtier.
There will therefore be no excitement in the Lille ranks. “We will have this difficult trip to Metz, then Montpellier and a meeting in Lyon. We will have to keep the same state of mind and the same commitment. We will see what will happen on the evening of the match against our friends from Lyon (24 April) “, added Galtier. Before, all the same, to admit, a smirk: “We are in the fight.”