Kind of a disappointing performance by Lille last round away at Bastia (finished 1-1).
They opened the score in the first half and concentrated only on protecting the lead afterwards. All their following chances were not convincing and Lille looked quite happy with a minimum advantage. But their plan didn’t worked out as Bastia found the equalizer late in the game.
Coach Girard decided to leave both Mendes and Origi on the bench and start with Martin and Roux. This may be a reason why Lille looked so apathetic upfront. Of course not having any kind of motivation didn’t help… It will be an entire different story against PSG, given the name of the opponent and the final chance to make an impression in-front of own fans.
PSG once again controlled the entire game but failed to create real scoring opportunities (lost 2-1 to Rennes). This is actually PSG’s signature as of late, ever since they won the title and got eliminated from Champions League. Even star striker Ibrahimovic made his comeback after injury but couldn’t be of much use.
If on home ground PSG couldn’t find any extra motivation for being more creative, away from home they could be unrecognizable.
Many PSG’s players are already thinking at the World Cup that is about to start and all they do is to preserve energy. Coach Blanc is the only one not realizing this and instead giving a chance to some youngsters he continues to use the same team as in the first rounds.
Fullback Jallet suffered an injury last round and could miss this game.
Every club in France is more determined when playing against PSG, regardless of the position in the table and the actual objective. The same will happen with Lille who have real chances of getting all 3 points given PSG’s detached attitude. Lille DNB at 2.07
UPDATE: PSG will be without Cavani, Jallet and van der Wiel (all of them injured), while central defender Silva was given some rest time.
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Béria, D.Sidibé, Basa, Kjaer, Rozehnal, Souaré, Soumaoro – Mavuba, Balmont, I.Gueye, S.Meïté, Delaplace, Mar.Martin – S.Kalou, R.Mendes, Rodelin, J.Ruiz, Origi, Roux.
PSG: Douchez, Sirigu – Alex, Z.Camara, Digne, Marquinhos, Maxwell – Cabaye, Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Pastore, Rabiot, Verratti – Coman, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Lucas, Ménez, Ongenda