Haise finally lets go of the club’s ambitions


After the great success of RC Lens against Angers (3-0) at Bollaert on Saturday evening during the 28th day of Ligue 1, Franck Haise spoke about his ambitions for the final sprint in the championship.

Ten days from the end, the Sang et Or (57 points) temporarily occupy 2nd place ahead of Olympique de Marseille (56 points) who travel this Sunday (8:45 p.m.) to the Stade de Reims field. The Lensois, who have not played in a European Cup since the 2007-2008 season, are now advancing openly, like Franck Haise. “What do I have in mind? Bring the club back to the European Cup, replies the Lens coach. We don’t hide it. We have always been ambitious (…) We remain on three wins and two draws in the last five matches. There are many positive aspects. We are going to pass 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, this reflects a great regularity”dropped the RC Lens coach after the match.

Points to work on

Franck Haise’s players will no doubt keep an eye out for the OM match at the Auguste-Delaune stadium. Whatever happens, this international break will allow the Sang et Or to breathe a little before approaching a final sprint which promises to be as exciting as it is undecided. Despite the big victory against Angers, the northern coach has spotted a few points to work on. “(At the start of the match) we couldn’t manage to trigger the high pressures. Even when we managed to trigger them, we were still at a distance. Angers easily found his pistons in the corridors to get out of the density. We had to move on. The players have returned to certain habits, even if Florian Sotoca had to occupy the position of right piston. I know Florian’s game and tactical intelligence, I knew he would adapt to this situation. We changed the game. He had a very good game”he concluded.

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