Lille (AP) – The French champions OSC Lille have great respect for the Bundesliga leaders before the Champions League opener against VfL Wolfsburg.
“They are a very good team, they are very well organized. Even though they changed coach this summer, there is great continuity there, »said coach Jocelyn Gourvennec.
As defending champions, Lille got off to a very bad start into the new season of the French league. After the 1: 2 defeat at FC Lorient, the “Doggen” are only in twelfth place in the table. Master coach Christophe Galtier (OGC Nice) and national goalkeeper Mike Maignan (AC Milan) left the club due to major financial problems. Former Bayern professional Renato Sanches is absent on Tuesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) due to a knee injury, while Amadou Onana, who is signed up by Hamburger SV, does not yet have a regular seat in Lille.
Despite the difficult situation, Gourvennec is optimistic. “The group stage of the Champions League is a small championship with six games. We can start a whole new chapter there, ”said the former French international.