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LOSC LILLE – Ligue 1

Champion of France in 2021, LOSC Lille had a very contrasting season in 2022 with a modest 10th place in the championship but a qualification in 1/8th Champions League final. As a result, the leaders did not hesitate to thank Jocelyn Gourvennec, who arrived at the club a year ago to succeed Christophe Galtier, and set their sights on the Portuguese technician Paulo Fonseca. A change of course for the Northern club which will want to find the top of the table for this new season. Discover all the information on LOSC Lille, its transfer window and its objectives for the 2022-2023 Ligue 1 season.

Review of the 2021-2022 season

The “after” season is always difficult to manage, and LOSC Lille has had bitter experience of it. Champion of France in 2021, the Mastiffs suffered for most of the season. With the arrival of Jocelyn Gourvennec on the Lille bench, it was a whole philosophy of play that had to be reviewed. And unfortunately, the Breton technician never found the right adjustments or even the adhesion of his group. Lacking consistency in the league with too few winning streak to be able to launch a dynamic, Losc was immediately dropped from the top of the table, to finally finish in 10th Ligue 1 spot with 55 points. Despite everything, the Northern club managed to get out of the group stage of the Champions League (ahead of Salzburg, Sevilla FC and Wolfsburg) before being eliminated, head held high, by Chelsea, then reigning European champion . A course which demonstrated that quality was always present in the Lille workforce and which still allows us to have ambitions for the coming season.

The movements of the off-season

Olivier Létang has taken matters into his own hands for this new season by making strong decisions. First of all, the dismissal of Jocelyn Gourvennec and the arrival on the bench of Paulo Fonseca is a strong choice of management. Overview of the transfers made by LOSC Lille at the moment.

Arrivals :

Mohammad Bayo (Clermont Foot, €13 million)

Remy Cabella (Montpellier, free)

Yusuf Yazici (CSKA Moscow, return from loan)

Lucas Chevalier (Valenciennes, return from loan)

Alexsandro (Chaves, €2 million)

Akim Zedadka (Clermont, free)

Jonas Martin (Rennes, free)

Paulo Fonseca (coach, free)

The club has chosen to bet on the young Guinean striker from Clermont Foot, Mohamed Bayo, author of 14 goals last season for his discovery of Ligue 1. With the arrivals of Remy Cabella and Jonas Martin will strengthen the midfield sector ground, just like the return of Yusuf Yazici, who could find sensations with the new coach Paulo Fonseca. The Portuguese technician is coming out of a sabbatical year and hopes to impose his mark in the game of LOSC Lille.

Departures :

Domagoj Bradaric (Salernitana, €5 million)

Nassim Innocenti (Valenciennes, end of contract)

Zeki Celik (Rome, €7 million)

Ivo Grbic (Atlético, return from loan)

Sven Botman (Newcastle, €37 million)

Burak Yilmaz (Fortuna, end of contract)

In the departure radius, the losses of Sven Botman and Zeki Çelik will be difficult to compensate. However, with 44 million euros in transfer fees, LOSC Lille can find bargains during the transfer window to replace them. The Renato Sanches case will also have to be settled before the end of the transfer window.

Full club roster

Here is the club’s squad after the transfer window (UPDATE 21/07/22):

Goalkeepers: Leo Jardim – Lucas Chevalier – Adam Jakubech

Defenders: Tiago Djaló – Alexsandro – José Fonte – Gabriel Gudmundsson – Akim Zedadka

Midfielders: Benjamin André – Amadou Onana – Jonas Martin – Renato Sanches – Yusuf Yazici – Angel Gomes – Rémy Cabella

Forwards: Jonathan Bamba – Edon Zhegrova – Isaac Lihadji – Jonathan David – Timothy Weah – Mohamed Bayo.

Coach: Paulo Fonseca

Club ambitions and standings

After a mixed 2021-2022 season, a new era is opening for LOSC Lille with Paulo Fonseca. A new game philosophy based on possession and the beautiful game which should restore ambitions to the Northern club. With a stable workforce and the addition of new recruits already present in the French championship, the Mastiffs can aim for a qualifying place in the European Cup. Even if the podium seems very difficult to achieve, LOSC Lille can legitimately hope to finish in the 1time part of the table, between the 5th and 8th place in Ligue 1.

The player to watch

Arrived from Clermont Foot this summer, Mohamed Bayo arrives at the Mastiffs with the ambition to turn a corner. Surprising for its 1time season in the top flight with 14 goals in 27 games, the Guinean striker will form with Jonathan David and Jonathan Bamba an offensive triplet that will have to be watched and which could, under the orders of Paulo Fonseca, make sparks. He will be the player to follow this season on the side of LOSC Lille.

Calendar for the 2022-2023 season

LOSC Lille will start the season on August 7, 2022 against promoted AJ Auxerre at Stade Pierre Mauroy before a 1er complicated trip to the lawn of the last winner of the Coupe de France, FC Nantes (August 12, 2022).

Then, the Northerners will welcome their former coach, Christophe Galtier and PSG on August 21 for the 1er big shock in front of his supporters. It is always good to play the Parisians at the start of the season, when the automatisms are not yet settled.

On October 9, place in the most important match of the season, in the derby of the North which will oppose the Dogues to RC Lens, with the 1er round disputed at Pierre Mauroy, before a return match which will take place in the spring on March 5, at the Bollaert stadium.

The end of the season will also be marked by confrontations in Monaco (05/14/22) then at home against Olympique de Marseille (05/21/22), 2 decisive confrontations for this end of the championship.

LOSC Lille will try to show a different face from last season. With Paulo Fonseca, the beautiful game will return to Pierre Mauroy. With a stable workforce, the additions of Remy Cabella, Jonas Martin and Mohamed Bayo, the Northerners will be able to aim for a place in the first part of the table and why not obtain a qualifying place for a European Cup!


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