After the clear victory of RC Lens at the expense of Angers (3-0) on Saturday on behalf of the 28th matchday of Ligue 1, the coach of Sang&Or Franck Haise no longer hides his ambitions: he wants a place in the Coupe d’ Europe next season.
Fifteen years of waiting… Although Racing Club de Lens has not played in the European Cup since the UEFA Cup campaign in the 2007-2008 season (1st round elimination), it has never been closer to a return to the European stage been. On Saturday evening, the Sang&Or, silent winners of Angers (3-0), take another step towards qualification in the Félix-Bollaert stadium.
Preliminary dolphin of PSG awaiting the other results of this 28th day of Ligue 1, the RCL has a mattress of points that can give it confidence (57). Like Franck Haise, the Lensois are no longer masked: “What I have in mind? Bringing the club back to the European Cup, the Lens coach replies. We do not hide that. We have always been ambitious.”
‘We get through the international break in good conditions’
And the technician to recall: “We remain on three wins and two draws in the last five games. There are many positive aspects. We will get through the international break in good conditions. 57 points at that time of the season, that was our score two years ago at the end of the season… and it was already a good season. Four defeats in the last 40 games, that shows great consistency.”
Despite these positives, not everything was perfect against the SCO: “(At the beginning of the match) we could not activate the high pressure, Franck Haise regrets. Even when we managed to trigger them, we were always at a distance. Angers thought easy are pistons in the corridors to get out of the density. He had to move on. The players have found certain habits, even though Florian Sotoca (stupid on Saturday night) had to take the position of right piston. I I knew Florian’s game intelligence and tactics, I knew he would adapt to this situation. We changed the game. He played a really good game.” Next meeting for Lens, April 1 on the lawn of Rennes.