Lille finally succeeded in signing fullback Corchia from Sochaux. He instantly adapted at Lille even if now he plays on a different position. At Sochaux he was mostly a fullback and now he is more of a central midfielder whenever they play in 4-3-3 or a winger when they switch to 4-4-2. But whatever the system Corchia adjusts and performs at full potential, like it happened in the first leg against Grasshopers when Lille won 2-0 and Corchia was the man of the match after scoring a goal and delivering an assist.
He was exactly what Lille needed, as so far midfielders failed to participate enough in the offensive phase. With his arrival Lille will create more chances per game and will corner opponents more often.
Upfront there will be some heavy rotation until players will reach maximum form and coach Girard will be able to find the best formula.
Although they are newly promoted and need to adapt to Ligue1 level, Metz haven’t made many important changes. They only acquired the services of 2 defenders, 1 midfielder and 1 striker.
All the players transferred-in seem to be only mediocre in value, maybe except Venezuelan striker Falcon who has some impressive skills, both physically and technically. He is one to keep an eye on, both for bettors and for scouts…
Most likely Metz will try and make extra efforts in home games in order to get the necessary points and try to survive Ligue1.
With Corchia’s arrival Lille strengthened since last season and they should easily be able to impose the rythm and control the game. Besides that, they also played two official games so far (in Champions League) that surely helped them pick up some form and confidence. Lille -1 at 1.96
UPDATE: Midfielder Martin (suspended) is the only absentee for Lille. Kashi, Lejeune, Vion and Nsor will miss for Metz.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, Souaré, Corchia, D.Sidibé, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Soumaoro – Mavuba, Balmont, I.Gueye, Delaplace, S.Meïté, R.Lopes – S.Kalou, Rodelin, Roux, R.Mendes, Origi
Metz: J.Carrasso, M’Fa – Bussmann, Choplin, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Palomino, Rivierez – Ch.Doukouré, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, Philipps, Rocchi, B.Sarr, Sido – Falcon, M.Gueye