The track to the stars awaits the Losc. The northern club will know its opponents for the group stage of the Champions League this Thursday at 6 p.m. Reigning French champion, Lille will be placed in hat 1. What will offer him whatever happens a renowned opponent in view of the clubs placed in hat 2 (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United, Liverpool, Dortmund, Seville).
For the other two hats, nothing will be simple either because Lille could also fall on the heavy in hat 3 (Porto, Ajax, Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint-Petersburg). As for hat 4, it already includes clubs like Brugge, AC Milan and Wolfsburg. Whatever happens, the Mastiffs will have a lot to do during this group phase. And the supporters of Losc, who responded by dozens to the call for witnesses launched by 20 Minutes, are rather divided on the pedigree of the adversaries.
Real or Barça as the preferred draw
On the one hand, there are those who, like Jean-Luc, want to see prestige at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium this season. “The season promises to be very tough and the Champions League has never brought luck to Losc. So you might as well leave with panache with FC Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan. Failing to qualify, it will have the merit of seeing ambitious teams. “
Same opinion with Maxime who would finally like to see a great Spanish on the road to the northern club. “I really want us to play against Real or against Barça. We have never met them when we have already played against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, the two Milan clubs. And this year you will see there will be victories! », Promises this fan of the Mastiffs. Some even have a preference for the great Real, just to see one of the legends of the northern club. “I would like Real Madrid to be able to find (Eden) Hazard”, explains Laurent.
An affordable group to dream of eighths
Whatever happens, the followers of Losc want something new with Real or Barça often at the head of the bridge. “The ideal would be to run into opponents that we have never faced before. I am thinking in particular of Real, Barça and Juventus in Turin, ”explains Aurélien.
But if some want heavy, others are already thinking about qualifying in the eighth. And in this case, it would be better to have a more affordable group for French champions who started the Ligue 1 season badly (two points in three games). “A group with Sevilla FC (it is certainly the most affordable team in hat 2), Zénit (a team that often misses itself in the LDC) and finally Malmö in hat 4. It’s hard to imagine LOSC in 1 / 8 but with this group it will be playable and at worst 3rd place (qualifying for the Europa League) is also accessible, ”said Guillaume.
A balanced group to dream and vibrate
And some supporters against Adrien would prefer a balanced squad with a big one but no more. “For the LOSC I feel a Barça or Juve coming from hat 2; find Ajax in pool and Bern to close this group. It would perhaps allow “Lille to grab 3rd place. But it would be time to ramp up if they don’t want to run into a fiasco, ”concludes Adrien.
It must be said that the last Champions League campaign does not plead too much in favor of the Northerners. In 2019, in a group made up of Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia, Lille only took one point and finished in last place. A scenario that Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men do not hope to relive. And to avoid that, it starts this Thursday with a good draw.