Lille played against 10 for more than half an hour in the midweek Europa League game against Wolfsburg but couldn’t even score a goal.
The offensive attempts were shy and unconvincing and not even from the penalty spot Lille could find the net.
In defense Lille were more fragile than usual as both central defenders Basa and Kjaer had moments of wandering and were often caught off guard. As a result Lille lost at a shameful forfeit score (3-0).
Hosts never scared anyone with their offensive power and used to rely primarily on a solid defense for getting good results. But now even players doing the defensive phase began to under-perform and the perspectives are not encouraging at all for Lille.
Opponents Toulouse are also in a bad moment and it seems no matter what coach Casanova tries nothing pays off. Recently they started playing with 3 forwards, the offensive strength increased a bit, but they are still miles away from being truly powerful upfront. Also, forward Braithwaite appears to be a bit isolated as the chemistry between the other two forwards, Pesic and Ben Yedder, is at a higher level and they always search for one another.
Still, coach Casanova insists on using Braithwaite in the hope that at one point things will improve, in-spite the reality in the field proving otherwise.
Defenders often find themselves under huge pressure and Toulouse end up conceding at least 1 goal per round.
Both sides are in poor form and low on confidence and it’s almost impossible to foresee how this game will evolve. Only one thing is for sure, we shouldn’t expect two energetic sides, on the contrary, both teams may be more apathetic than ever due to the low morale.
UPDATE: Lille will once again miss play-makers Martin and Lopes defender Beria and versatile Delaplace. Toulouse will welcome back fullback Tisserand
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Souaré, Kjaer, Y.Koné, Basa, Rozehnal, Soumaoro, Y.Koné – Mavuba, I.Gueye, Balmont, S.Meïté, Ad.Traoré – Rodelin, Roux, Frey, Mendes, Origi
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Akpa Akpro, Grigore, Moubandje, Tisserand, Spano, I.Sylla, Veskovac – Aguilar, Blin, E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic