Internally, the last few days had been hectic in Lille. Coach Christophe Galtier did not hesitate to publicly display his concerns about the absence for three months and the silence of Luis Campos, adviser to President Lopez and cornerstone of the Lille project. General manager Marc Ingla, who disagrees with Campos, is about to leave.
For the reception of Lorient, the question was therefore whether this extra-sporting vagueness was not starting to affect a team which had not won for three matches in L1.
But before receiving in the Europa League Thursday AC Milan perhaps deprived of Zlatan Ibrahimovic left on injury (left thigh) after his double this Sunday against Naples, the Lille players provided a rather positive response on the ground. They made an almost one-sided performance to largely beat Lorient (4-0). It is one of the strong men currently, the Turkish Yusuf Yacizi who made the difference with a brace (29th, 51st) and an assist for Araujo (57th). The 23-year-old forward, long injured last season, offers his first brace and brings his total to three goals. He also has two triplets in the Europa League in recent weeks against Sparta Prague (4-1) and AC Milan (3-0).
First goal in L1 for David
The evening was perfect for Lille since the Canadian Jonathan David, biggest transfer of the offseason (27 M € at the Gantoise), has finally released his counter in L1. Very generous, he initially played bad luck on a volley repelled by the post of Nardi (44th), was decisive passer on the second goal of Yacizi (51st) before breaking free by adjusting Nardi (4-0, 90th ). A goal hailed without restraint by all his teammates and the staff of Lille.
Lille are second in the championship two points from PSG. The promoted Lorient fell to 18th place.
“We were keen to make up for the last few games, we were very keen from the first few minutes,” said defender Jérémy Pied. Everyone is very happy for David. He deserved to score his first goal and he’s going to score plenty now. “