On the eve of the trip to Metz, this Friday during the 32nd day of Ligue 1 (9 p.m.), Christophe Galtier remained modest when it came to discussing the race for the title. After its victory in Paris last weekend, Lille is yet at the head of the championship. But the mastiff’s coach primarily targets a place on the podium.
Above all, do not get carried away. Christophe Galtier plays the card of caution at a time when Lille occupies the head of Ligue 1, with 3 points ahead of PSG. On the eve of the trip to Metz, this Friday during the 32nd day (9 p.m.), the Dogues coach said he was primarily aiming for a place on the podium. But given the circumstances, he obviously dreams of the title. In a low voice.
“We are first, but the objective at the start of the season was to be European, recalled the Lille coach at a press conference. We will be. We want to play the Champions League, we will have to fight. And by fighting, given the situation, we can create a huge surprise. But from there to focusing on the title, that’s not my case. The great performance will be playing the Champions League and the exceptional performance will be d ‘Be champion. We’re going to go step by step. There are seven games left, it’s not a lot. But with 21 points at stake, the gaps can quickly be closed. “
After being solid at the Parc des Princes last Saturday against Paris (0-1), Jonathan Ikoné’s partners will have to maintain a high level of involvement so as not to be surprised at Saint-Symphorien. “We do not have the right to give less than against Paris, we must give at least the same. And even more,” warns Galtier.
“It rarely happens in a career”
Asked about a possible disappointment if the title were to escape Losc, Galtier replied: “We will know the evening of the last championship game. We do not know what will happen by then. We have a good record against against direct competitors but we also did some underperformance against less well classified teams. It can be played until the last day. It will be necessary to be good against everyone. It is a hard fight which started since the week -end last. “
So what can prevent the northern club from going for the fourth title in its history (the first since 2011)? “The tension and nervousness, that’s for sure. And the state of mind. The sacrifice, the gift of oneself, believes Galtier. During training but also decision-making on a game plan or a strategy. I ask my players to accept the choices, the orientations. And to be available at 150% for the team. No one can be above the club. What happens, it rarely happens in a career of play. And as a coach “.