It is no wonder Lille looked so pale in the first half last round against Caen. Playmaker Boufal started on the bench, and Lille are simply clueless in the offensive phase without him. Boufal entered the game in second half, and slowly Lille started to apply more pressure and create scoring opportunities.
The 1-0 victory in the end was well deserved, but it’s another proof of Lille’s reliance on a single player.
Coach Antonetti really needs to find a solution to improve the offensive phase, as it’s a real shame for all of Lille’s talent to go to waste.
Looks like there is some kind of virus at Lille as Mavuba, Beria, Obbadi and Amadou are doubtful for this game because of a cold.
Renens may have too many valuable attacking players available. Since the season resumed there is a constant rotation in the offensive phase and players can’t pick up rythm.
Last round it was obvious that Rennes’ attacking players are clearly out-of-form, and furthermore they also seemed reluctant to pass the ball and cooperate with teammates.
Rennes must find a formula and stick with it for a while, so that players clearly understand what is their role in the squad.
Lille definitely have the upper hand here, not only because they are in good form, but also because their coach spent many years at Rennes and is familiar with most players, their strengths, but most importantly their weaknesses. Unfortunately Lille rely too much of a single player and they can’t be trusted in these conditions.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Civelli, Soumaoro, Pavard, Sunzu, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Balmont, Bauthéac, Amadou, R.Lopes, Boufal, Obbadi, M.Amalfitano – Guillaume, Benzia, Nangis, Eder
Rennes: Rennes : Costil, Ab.Diallo – Armand, Danzé, Diagne, M’Bengue, P.Mendes, Mexer, Zeffane – B.André, G.Fernandes, Quintero, Salles-Lamonge – Boga, O.Dembélé, Grosicki, Ntep, Sio