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Paris SG VS LOSC Lille Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 29/10/2021

Paris SG VS LOSC Lille Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 29/10/2021

After a goalless draw against Marseille last weekend, PSG will look to pick themselves up and get back to winning ways. However, another stern test awaits Mauricio Pochettino’s men as they take on last season’s Ligue 1 champions LOSC Lille on Friday night.

PSG will have the home advantage heading into this game. But the momentum certainly doesn’t side with them at the moment, having won just one of their last three matches in Ligue 1. The French giants still hold a whopping seven-point lead over second-placed RC Lens, but a negative result against Lille will allow the chasing pack to cover valuable ground.

Lille are not the easiest of opponents either, which was evident last season when Les Dogues scripted an astonishing fairytale to secure the Ligue 1 crown. Unfortunately, the departure of head coach Christophe Galtier, coupled with the financial crisis, has seen them struggle this term.

Under the tutelage of the recently-departed Christophe Galtier, Lille’s dogged and determined nature propelled them to the unlikeliest of Ligue 1 triumphs for the first time in a decade, as a 2-1 win versus Angers on the final day of the season saw Les Dogues finish one point clear of PSG atop the pile.

Adding a long-awaited domestic crown to the silverware cabinet and an impending return to the Champions League was not enough to convince Galtier to stay on, though, as the 54-year-old stepped down from his post merely 48 hours after securing the Ligue 1 crown, having achieved what he set out to do before taking on a new challenge with Nice.

The appointment of Jocelyn Gourvennec as Galtier’s replacement was underwhelming to say the least – with the 49-year-old winning just seven of his 32 games in charge during his second spell at Guingamp in the 2018-19 season – and his Lille side have flattered to deceive in pre-season so far.

Indeed, the Ligue 1 champions opened their exhibition campaign with a 2-0 success against Belgian outfit Waasland-Beveren before suffering defeats to Gent, Benfica and Porto, with the latter team claiming a 2-0 win last weekend against an almost full-strength Lille side.

Not since 2011 have Lille stepped foot onto the turf for the Trophee des Champions – a day which ended in misery following a 5-4 defeat to an Andre Ayew-inspired Marseille – and a PSG side out for blood are not to be taken lightly.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino pictured on February 16, 2021© Reuters

A highly sought-after trophy continuously eluded Mauricio Pochettino during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, but given the moves that PSG have made in the transfer market, the Argentine can be forgiven for dreaming of a silverware-filled first full season at the Parisiens helm.

Let us not forget that Pochettino took under a fortnight to get his hands on that coveted first trophy of his managerial career, as the former Spurs boss oversaw his side’s 2-1 win over Marseille in the most recent Trophee des Champions in January 2021 – a game rescheduled for the winter amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

However, Pochettino will not need reminding that his efforts to bring Champions League glory to the Parc des Princes ultimately ended in failure, while a second-placed finish in the French top flight would not have appeased the ever-demanding Parisiens board either.

In spite of a somewhat disappointing first season – where the Coupe de France was PSG’s only real saving grace – Pochettino has wasted no time in moulding PSG’s squad into his own vision, sending shockwaves in the transfer market with the signings of Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum – the latter three on free transfers.

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