Lens receives OL this Saturday evening on the 31st day of Ligue 1. Fifth in the standings, the northern club hopes to be European at the end of the season and will also be the referee for the title by challenging Lyon, Paris, Lille and Monaco.
Promoted to the elite this season, Lens is the nice surprise of the French championship. His forward-facing game notably allowed him to sign great performances and aim for a ticket to the Europa League. Fifth before the 31st day of the League and the reception of Lyon this Saturday in Bollaert (9 p.m.), the Artesian club still hopes to achieve a big blow against one of the title candidates. During the first leg of the championship, Lens beat PSG and Monaco but Franck Haise, the coach of the blood and gold team does not focus on this role of referee during the final sprint.
“I take care of making sure that we try to win all our matches whether it is against the first four or the others, launched the northern technician in front of the press before challenging the Gones. Too much of this referee role… We’ve been working since the start of the season to have a strong identity and that’s a real success. “
Gradit would like to deprive Lille of the title
An observation and a fine assessment shared by Jonathan Gradit. Arrived in 2019 in the North, the 28-year-old defender does not want to make calculations and take advantage of the end of the season with Lens. But the one who already has 26 L1 games this season would see himself annoying Lille, the regional rival.
“We will play the games thoroughly from start to finish and if we can prevent our Lille friends from being champions (laughs), we will sign immediately (laughs), said the former Caen player. seriously, to be there eight days from the end, it’s unexpected, it’s really just fun. “
Fans dream of beating Lille and Paris
As for the supporters, we are also aware of the major events to come for Lens and we dream of both a European ticket and prestigious victories.
“For our friends from Saint-Etienne, we will try to do the maximum against Lyon, estimated David Decoster, treasurer of Lens United federation bringing together several groups of Lensois supporters. And then it’s Lens that’s all. After, win against Lille or against Paris it has a lot more flavor than winning against Lyon or Monaco. “
President of Lens United, Norman Noisette makes PSG the favorite for the title and even delivers his prognosis for the podium: “Paris is best equipped to win the title, assured this fervent supporter. Then I can see Monaco coming back strong and Lyon in third place. And fourth… “
But before arbitrating the sprint between the four contenders for the title, the objective of the Lensois will remain to win the maximum number of matches during the last eight days of the season. At the end, the hope of snatching Europe, only one after the return to Ligue 1.
Lens matches against title contenders
Lens-Lyon during the 31st day of L1
PSG-Lens during the 35th day of L1
Lens-Lille during the 36th day of L1
Lens-Monaco during the 38th day of L1