OL - LOSC : Eat with the big dogs (Tuesday, 21h05)
Since the arrival of Rudi Garcia, OL have been better, much better. Despite a loss in the league in Marseille and two defeats away to Benfica and Zénit in the Champions League, the native of Nemours has breathed new life into his team by giving him a little confidence. According to the saying, an appetite comes from eating and the reception of his former team will give hunger to the French coach given the meal that will appear on the pitch at Groupama Stadium.
Despite more satisfactory domestic results since the beginning of the season, OL still struggle with a glass ceiling: that of defeating a great team of the championship. Except for a victory against a Monaco in the opening match (0-3), Les Gones have played three games against direct competitors that have ended in three losses: against PSG (0-1), St-Etienne (1-0) and Marseille (2-1). While that was a strength last season, Jean-Michel Aulas' team have thus far failed to be up for the matches against the big fish on the national stage. This match against Lille, the last of the first half of the season against a direct competitor, should allow Rudi Garcia to restore full confidence to his group in winning one of these gala matches.
Although the picture seems mixed for the home side, LOSC is also not at its best. The exodus of many major players this summer (Pépé, Mendes, Koné, Leao) forced the northern club to recruit en masse (Sanches, Yacizi, Weah, André) and all of these small parts have not yet formed a whole. Except Osimhen, who has been as impressive in the league as in the European Cup. In addition, Christophe Galtier has not yet found the tactical setup to put out his side in the best possible way. Another statistic is to take into account: this season, Les Dogues are yet to win away in all competitions. This is a great opportunity for OL to continue its rise in the rankings.