Talk to Main video after his team’s 1-0 defeat against Clermont yesterday, Lille president Olivier Létang acknowledged that the champions are now in a difficult situation after a mediocre start to defend their title.
His words transcribed in The voice of the North, the former Rennais in particular pointed the finger at the level of play of the team of Jocelyn Gourvennec, now 12th despite three consecutive victories before.
“No anger, but it’s a huge disappointment because we were on a three-game winning streak and the last game [2-0 against Marseille] had been our best performance of the season. We wanted to continue in this vein and we had made our players aware of the context of the Clermont match, with the return of our internationals after the break. We will have to work on that, because we lost when we returned from the last international break a month ago as well. It’s disappointing. When you play like that, you can’t expect anything from top-level sport.
“It doesn’t change everything, but today we have hit rock bottom. We have quality, we know that. But we must quickly raise the level. We will have to talk about it with the players. We had the chance to confirm our renewal and we missed it. We will have to quickly find a positive dynamic, from Wednesday in the Champions League [against Sevilla]. “