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Lille slowed down by Saint-Etienne: "The players were undoubtedly taken by the stake", admits Christophe Galtier


The Lille technician did not appreciate the sluggish draw of his men against Saint-Etienne (0-0). A disappointment symbolized by the Benjam milieu

He promises a "discussion" with his players this week to learn "to stay calm".

Christophe Galtier admitted this Sunday evening, after a draw conceded at home (0-0) against Stéphanois, 11th in Ligue 1, that a certain "nervousness" had invaded his team.

Like the metronome Benjamin André, disturbed this Sunday evening and replaced in the 63rd minute of play after receiving a yellow, the Lille missed their start and never managed to dominate his opponent.

"We were not in our playing time. It is surely linked to a lot of technical errors, to a very stretched block, to lines cut in half", he noted before formulating the reasons for these gaps.

"The players were undoubtedly taken by the stake (...) It is not the match which one awaited".

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Before planning on the “final” in Angers, he also confided that he hesitated on the strategy to adopt in the second half.

While Paris was already leading 2-0, Christophe Galtier was “torn between two feelings”: “I cannot say that I am satisfied with the draw, but given the content, there was this question.

Do we open up and expose ourselves squarely, or do we keep our balance and stay structured?

I was more in this second option not to tip everything and (risk) almost losing the title ”.

“It's amazing the way Saint-Etienne played.

Before, they didn't play like that.

It was up to us to score, but we did not succeed, ”declared captain Jose Fonte, who played his last game at Losc of the season or even of his career, given that he still has not extended.

"I think that Paris will have a good chance of winning in Brest"

In the absence of the Portuguese taulier, Lille will present themselves next Sunday against Angevins whose profile resembles that of Stéphanois.

A team that has nothing more to play but which has obviously not decided to give up its end of the season, as evidenced by the frustrating defeat of the SCO in stoppage time at the Vélodrome (3-2) this Sunday.

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No major change is to be expected, promises coach Galtier, in preparation for this decisive week, except for this famous "discussion".

“We will have to do better than PSG.

I think Paris will have a good chance of winning in Brest.

We will have to find the fundamentals and control in this game as a whole, ”he was content to indicate.

🗨️ "Before, Saint-Étienne they didn't play like that! But it's up to us to score, we have to win the last match"

José Fonte's reaction after #LOSCASSE 🗣️

- Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) May 16, 2021

“I sincerely hope that Lille will be champion. They deserve after a full and regular season. This is the team that has lost the fewest matches, ”said Claude Puel. The Stéphanois coach praised the performance of his team, able, especially in the first half, to “block” Lille by offering play and intensity.

Source: leparis

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