Cike most of his teammates, Steven Fortes has never played in a European competition in his career. So inevitably, the Cape Verdean of RC Lens is eyeing the top 6 of Ligue 1, qualifying for Europe. “Everyone is going to tear themselves apart to be able to play their prestigious matches”, says the native of Marseille. In order to achieve this goal, the Lensois do not count not deny their style offensive play. “Whether it is against the first or the last, it is always the same ideas: defend by moving forward, take responsibility (…)”.
Bordeaux, the next opponent of RC Lens, remains on four losses in five games. The Girondins are currently fifteenth with two points ahead of the barrage place. No overconfidence, however, for Steven Fortes, especially since the Blood and Gold have experienced a small drop in speed these last weeks. “We are coming off two defeats so we are really focused on this game.”
Qualifying on Sunday?
Lens had precisely sin in concentration during the derby against Lille (0-3), on May 7, by conceding a penalty and a red card in the first period. “I don’t think that during the first half hour Lille outclassed us, after there was a fact of play which made us find ourselves ten against eleven…”. A regrettable episode but “digested” by the Lensois according to the defender.
The Sang et Or now have their eyes on the game against the Girondins. In case of victory at Bordeaux combined with a defeat at the same time of Rennes to Monaco, RC Lens would be guaranteed to finish at least sixth, qualifying place for the Europa Conference Conference. “Everyone thinks about it in the locker room” Fortes admits. Everyone dreams of it among the supporters!
Bordeaux – Lens: Sunday May 16 at 9 p.m.