LOSC – RC Lens, matchday 10 of Ligue 1 | Six months without losing in L1: Lens, a crazy derby-proof series

Manchester City is in the lead, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain… and RC Lens. The race in question has no other value than the symbolic one, but it reflects the roaring form of the Sang et Or. They have not lost in Ligue 1 for six months, that is, seventeen games without defeat. The Lensois are only surpassed in this area by Paris (18) and City (20), within the five “major European championships” (statistics current at the beginning of the weekend). All without collecting dolls. After 9 games this season, he already has 21 points, a record that corresponds to the best start in the club’s history. “it’s quite big“, rejoices Franck Haise.
Remaining undefeated is a motivational lever that the 51-year-old coach does not deny. He just watches the trap of gentrification. “We are strong. There is confidence, but that confidence does not stop us from putting a lot of intensity into our game.“, he insisted last Sunday, the night of a victory against OL (1-0). A victory achieved thanks to a penalty from Florian Sotoca in the 82nd minute, after a handball from Thiago Mendes”.When it doesn’t work out in our favor, it’s because we don’t deserve anything, usually“, had analyzed Anthony Lopes, Rhône goalkeeper. The reciprocal is true.

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The rejection of defeat

At the moment, things are “turning” on the right side for Lens. He easily credits Bollaert’s incandescent crowd (as far as home games are concerned, therefore) and polished play contributing to Haise’s growing notoriety. But it is also a question oftemperaccording to the coach who has the best average points for a Lensois coach in L1 (1.65/game, after 85 games). A trick that he had advanced after the opening draw, ten against eleven, on the pitch at Reims a month ago (1-1). Loïs Openda had already equalized in the 82nd minute, his coach clenching her fist: “We can be satisfied that we rejected defeat.”

Game, emotions, changes“, he reveled. Lens is all of that. But it’s also the ability to dribble minimalist on the move, 0-0 at Ajaccio and Nantes this season, before no game was so lackluster at home. A dash of pragmatism in this exciting outfit , personified by the courted Seko Fofana, who has opted to extend with the artesian club until 2025. An extension with great fanfare, in Bollaert, after a great success against Lorient on August 31 (5-2). , but also the testimony of a progression that could be perpetuated.

Franck Haise, RC Lens coach.

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Fofana stayed… and it shows

Before arriving here, the project was to stabilize and grow the club. This season, I think there will be a way to do something bigger.“, Fofana had aspired then, before more than 34,000 followers. Five weeks later, RC Lens is 4th in Ligue 1 at the dawn of matchday 10, after completing two opus in 7th place. The Ivorian international n “It is not Not at all. Since the start of the 2021-2022 season, the Lensois captain, for example, has been involved in 244 sequences with a shot result, in the top flight. To give you an idea of ​​the performance: only one player does it better and his name is Kylian Mbappé (314).

I don’t know RC Lens without Seko. look what happened (during its extension) to measure its size. You can decide the fate of a match on your own.admires his partner Kevin Danso. These are the players who play football“Having such an influence on the game of a formation”,many want him, he is capable of doing it“, abounds Haise, according to reports The team. Florent Ghisolfi, sports coordinator who is going to OGC Nice, considers that the hiring of the Ivorian international was fundamental in 2020: “He was the player who was going to make us pass a course (…) Our own Ibrahimovic.”

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Regional supremacy issue

Lens’s progression led to his maintenance, then to his perpetuation in the top half of the table. Next is therefore the top of the basket, the European markets. A trajectory that contrasts with that of LOSC. Champion of France in 2021, 10th a year later and 8th at the start of the year, after nine games played. On Sunday at Pierre-Mauroy, at the end of Matchday 10, the gap could be reduced from 8 to 5 points or widened to 11 points, confirming Lensoise’s tendency to seize power in the North. In 2021-2022, the Sang et Or won every L1 derbi. The Mastiffs have not lost three times in a row against them in the first division since 1979. It would be another symbolic series.

Florian Sotoca (Lens) scored the winning goal against Lyon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. / Ligue 1

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