In the eyes of the Lensois, Lille is, inevitably, the worst place to be stripped of their invincibility. Undefeated in the first nine days of Ligue 1, the Sang et Or abdicated during the derby on Sunday (0-1), when they had nevertheless firmly grasped the meeting. To the point of obtaining, at the end of the first quarter of an hour, a penalty well diverted by Lucas Chevalier, but above all badly hit by Florian Sotoca (15th). “Missing a penalty happens to everyone, relativizes his teammate Jimmy Cabot. He has already won us matches and he will win us more. »
This failure, however, is a first turning point, just like, shortly before the half-hour mark, the long interruption following the treatment provided to Tiago Djalo. It was from this moment that Lens seemed to slowly lose track of this game. A blatant shift from the start of the second period, to the point that LOSC relentlessly reversed the balance of power.
“We are not going to give up because of a match”
“We did not manage to return to the field with conquering intentions, continues the former Angevin. Inevitably, this result is disappointing, especially compared to what we had shown since the start of the season. It sucks not to repeat it during the derby. We didn’t do enough good things in the game as a whole to win. We did not manage to put on our usual intensity. »
Loïs Openda, the Lens striker, against Lille. (F. Faugère/The Team)
Lois Openda shares Cabot’s disappointment, linked to having lost more than three points, during a highly symbolic match. “I am sad to have lost the derby, explains the Belgian center-forward of Racing. We lacked energy, we lacked a lot of things. In the second half, they had much more control than us. The return will be a different game. But you have to forget that one and focus on the next one. We are not going to give up because of a match. » Especially since Lens is used to lifting them as a sign of victory this season.