- Large winner of the North derby (4-0), Losc takes the lead in Ligue 1.
- A logical takeover as the Northerners impress at the start of the season.
No songs, no supporters, no atmosphere but a new leader of Ligue 1. If history will remember that Lille won the first North derby played behind closed doors, we should not forget the essential, sporting speaking. . By remaining undefeated for the 11th time in a row against his rival Lensois swept in great width (4-0), the northern club also took the opportunity to also seize a leader’s chair which he will not be so easy to dislodge it
Lille, an almost flawless leader
Seven games, five wins, two draws and two small goals conceded. New Ligue 1 leader, Losc has not really stolen his throne. The best defense in the championship is a steamroller that works on almost all of its opponents. If his game is not always licked, his defensive power impresses with an impregnable Fonte-Botman axis and a Sanches-André midfielder which has no equivalent in France. In front, the quality is perfectly distributed as shown by Yilmaz (11th), Bamba (47th), Ikoné (69th) and Yazici (79th) all scorers on Sunday night. Only downside, the disappointing performance of Jonathan David, the most expensive transfer in the history of Losc, which has still not unlocked its counter this season.
Reduced to nine, Lens falls into line
You miss two beings and everything is depopulated. In the absence of Ganago (injured) and Medina (suspended), essential holders since the start of the season, Lens did not exist in this first derby in the North since 2015. Dominated in all areas of play by their rival and reduced to nine after the expulsions of Gradit (58th) and Michelin (74th), the Sang et Or logically put an end to a series of five straight games without defeat. The start of the promoted season remains good but the gap was far too large on Sunday with Lille.
A deadly atmosphere
We will have to get used to it, but football during the Covid period is really struggling to digest. In an entirely empty Pierre Mauroy stadium, only the chants of supporters recorded and broadcast during the match to fill the void were heard. The Lille supporters, frustrated not to experience this special match, had placed a few banners in the stands. Not enough to forget the frustration of a derby without any atmosphere.