As he begins his 61e season in Ligue 1, RC Lens will inevitably be one of the attractions of the season. After having seduced more than one and intrigued his opponents during the past season, Frank Haise’s players will have the heavy task of doing as well, if not better than last year. A mission certainly not easy, but the sang-et-or are ready.
An attractive 2021-2022 season
This season was the 60e of the northern club in Ligue 1. Paradoxically, the Lensois were in their second season in a row among the elite after their descent into Ligue 2 a few years earlier. But the newly promoted did not go with the back of the spoon. A 7e harvested in the standings at the end of the season. 17 wins, 11 draws and a dozen defeats, this is the record of the Lensois in 38 league games.
After two draws in the first two days, the Lensois chained a few good shots in the following matches. Frank Haise’s players surprised by winning at Louis II against AS Monaco 2-0 in the 3e day, and in Bordeaux at Matmut Atlantique 3-2 during the 5e daytime. The following day, it was the defending champion from Lille who suffered the Lensoise law and especially Olympique de Marseille at the Vélodrome. If the northern team has long tickled Europe, it just missed it on the last day. The fault of a draw on the last day at home against AS Monaco. On the attacking front, Arnaud Kalimuendo, on loan from PSG, distinguished himself by scoring 12 goals. He finishes 10e in the scoring charts.
The movements of the off-season at RC Lens
To confirm its good results from last year, RC Lens has been rather active on the transfer market this summer. 6 players have joined the ranks of the northern club. On the other hand, 6 players have the path in the opposite direction among them Jonathan Clauss.
Ikoma Lois Openda (Club Brugge)
Brice Samba (Nottigham)
Salis Abdul Samed (Clermont)
Adam Buksa (New England)
Jimmy Cabot (Angers)
Lukasz Poreba (Zaglebia)
Gaetan Robail (Guingamp, Return from loan)
Steven Fortès (Ostend, Return from loan)
Jonathan Varane (Rodez, Return from loan)
Adam Oudjani (Briochin, Return from loan)
Ismael Boura (Le Havre, Return from loan)
Mohamed Dosso (Guingamp, Reserve)
Charles Boli (Vicenza, Return from loan)
Jonathan Claus (Marseilles)
Simon Banza (Braga)
Brayann Pereira (Auxerre)
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Mohamed Cisse (UNFP)
Corentin Jean (Inter Miami)
Arnaud Kalimuendo (PSG, End of loan)
Lensois squad for the season
|16||G||Jean Louis Leca|
|20||M||David Pereira Da Costa|
|26||M||Salis Abdul Samed|
Ambitions and ranking
If RC Lens remains one of the strongholds of French football, the current situation calls for a little more caution. This is why the priority of Joseph Oughourlian’s club is to very quickly stay in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Then look for a bonus. The northerners also have the ambition to find Europe. If the Champions League seems a difficult goal, the Europa League or the Europa League Conference are much less so. Indeed, Lens will remain one of the teams that produced a good game for last season’s title in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. A dynamic that coach Frank Haise intends to keep. “We will always have the ambition to play, to offer and to improve in all areas of the game. And he said it, Lens will try to do as well, if not better than last year. It promises.
The player to watch
With the departure of Kalimuendo, there is a place as an attacking leader to seek at RC Lens. And the fight will be bitter between the different contenders. In the meantime, Seko Fofana, the blood-and-gold midfielder burst onto the screen last season to the point of even interesting the Parisian ogre. But for the moment he remains in the workforce of Frank Haise and should, barring any rebound, start the season in Lens.
The Lensois calendar, this season
The Lensois will spend a rather calm month of August. Only Monaco, the first big chunk, stands in their way. It will be at Louis II on August 21. It’s the month of October which will be a little busier with trips to Lille and Marseille, and the reception of OL.
Monaco–Lens (3e day, August 21)
Lens – OL (9e day, 02 October)
Lille–Lens (10e day, October 9)
OM – Lens (12e day, October 23)
Lens – PSG (17e day, 01 January 2023)