This is the advantage and the disadvantage of the Gaston-Gérard stadium, where the press room adjoins the visitors’ cloakroom. The walls are not very thick and when Christophe Galtier yelled at his group, Sunday, after the defeat of his Lillois in Dijon (0-1), in this poorly preserved intimacy, it was enough to listen, without even tending the ‘hear. The blower lasted three or four minutes, the time to expunge her frustration. “We lose against teams of painters, Amiens, Reims (0-2), Toulouse (1-2) “, notably vociferated the northern coach, in reference to this seventh defeat of the season away from home which put him out of it. Before apologizing.
“I know you heard me, he told a press conference, thirty minutes later, and when I say teams of painters, I apologize, it’s anger. I’m talking about teams that are fighting for maintenance. Dijon, Amiens, Toulouse are fighting for maintenance. I apologize because Dijon is a team that holds the road. But we scuttled on a throw-in. We scuttled by not knowing how to exploit the advantage at eleven against ten. We got scuttled by taking a red card (Soumare). We had too little determination. Our shots were passes to the opponent. “
“They will look at the navel on the bench or in the stands”
Between the expulsion of Dijonnais Hamza Mendyl (21st) and Lille Boubakary Soumaré (67th), the LOSC played the equivalent of a half-time at eleven against ten and it did nothing. The Lille staff had targeted the long Dijon touches as a real danger and this is how the LOSC was beaten. The state of mind was not there and this sort of guilty lightness, more and more pretentious, continues to stick to the skin of the Lille group, seen from the outside.
Galtier has multiplied the punchlines. “There is a problem of concentration, investment and determination. These qualities, I saw them opposite. There are players who have individual goals and they will have to be remedied. We cannot be beaten in envy when we pretend to want to replay the European Cup. Players are in a comfort zone, as if it was okay to lose away because we have a next home game. “
He ended up promising sanctions for those who think of them before thinking of the team. “They will go to the bench, period. They will look at the navel on the bench or in the stands. “ Real threat or smoke screen after exit on “Teams of painters”? While the LOSC is in 5th place, two points from the podium, the matches against Lyon, in the Coupe de la Ligue, on January 21, then against Paris-SG, on the 26th, in the Championship, will answer this question. Hot and angry, it seems that Renato Sanches, Soumaré, Jonathan Ikoné, Xeka and even Victor Osimhen may feel targeted by the threat. And cold?