LOSC, who wanted to secure a European place after the title of champion of France, failed in their task by finishing in a disappointing tenth place. However, drafting 11 Lille found several reasons for satisfaction condensed into “tops” of the 2021/2022 season.
Another trophy in the closet
While LOSC had closed the 2020/2021 season with a Champions of France trophy, the northern club couldn’t wait any longer to fill the closet anymore. In the first game of the season, the Mastiffs traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, to meet Paris Saint-Germain, winners of the Coupe de France, on the occasion of the Trophée des Champions.
Not a favorite at all, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men managed to win by the narrowest margins with a single goal from Xeka. For the first time in its history, LOSC won the Champions Trophy. Jocelyn Gourvennec also won a trophy for his first official match with the northern club. What to launch a new idyllic season for the residents of the Stade Pierre Mauroy? The remainder of the 2021/2022 fiscal year will answer in the negative.
Jonathan David’s first half of the season
Too bad he couldn’t keep up with the pace. Until the middle of the season, jonathan david maintain an exceptional foundation. During the winter break, Canadian international Kylian Mbappé and Wissam Ben Yedder still had their elbows. After three fairly neutral matches, the LOSC striker opened his counter against Montpellier. A goal that is synonymous with click. Struggling offensively, the LOSC attack was carried out at arm’s length by the Canadian striker.
David tested his full strength at the end of September, scoring five goals in three games, including two life-saving doubles against Strasbourg and Marseille. Had he already scored a double in four minutes in Monaco, the Canadian international ended the first part of the season with sixteen goals on the clock. A real paradox with its ghostly second part of the season, complemented by three achievements.
The journey in the Champions League
Who could have bet that LOSC would have had the best run in its history in the Champions League after a checkered first half of the season? However, after three group matches, the northern club only had two points on the counter. But it was not without counting on Lille’s perfect return phase. No longer having the right to make mistakes, the trigger came on the Seville lawn with a two-to-one win.
Thus, the Mastiffs continued at home against Salzburg, before winning at Wolfsburg, finishing the first stage of the competition in first place in their group. In contrast, the draw yielded the reigning European and World Champion at LOSC: Chelsea. Though he was not unworthy, the northern club bowed to the double showdown, beating Stanford Bridge (2-0), then Pierre Mauroy (1-2).
The incredible season of José Fonte
Despite being 38 years old, José Fonte has had an incredible season. The captain of LOSC not only represents most used player of the club, but also the five major European Championships. The Portuguese international has participated in all matches of the season for the northern club. He was constantly appointed by Jocelyn Gourvennec and in no way replaced.
If he wasn’t as exceptional as last season, José Fonte still reassured him regardless of which partner he was aligned with. Besides Sven Botman, Tiago Djalo and sometimes even Xeka or Amadou Onana, the Lille captain’s performance has always been a guarantee of quality. José Fonte, a true boss of this team, on and off the pitch, saw his contract extended for a year by management to continue the love affair with the club.
The awakening after Paris
On AC during the second part of the season, LOSC needed a massive blow to regain efficiency. At home, the northern club learned a football lesson against the Parisian bogeyman (1-5). Revived Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men managed to maintain an alarming defensive solidity. With a return in goal for Léo Jardim, the residents of Stade Pierre Mauroy managed to keep a clean sheet for seven league matches.
As a result, LOSC provided pleasant performances, especially outdoors. For example, the northern club systematically won with a goal to nil in Montpellier, Lyon and then Nantes. If invincibility fell in the draw in Nantes, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men would have gone eight games unbeaten before going astray after the end of season derby.
The promises of Amadou Onana and Edon Zhegrova
Amadou Onana and Edon Zhegrova, who both arrived this season, were rarely aligned as starters and showed a pleasant attitude on the field. By getting more playing time throughout the season, the former showed a lot of qualities as soon as he stepped onto the lawn. With real game intelligence, the Belgian international hopes stood out for his ability to recover and his ability to break ds lines.
Still developing to become a strong starter, Amadou Onana could play a pivotal role in rebuilding LOSC for next season, with the departures of Xeka and that of Renato Sanches. The same goes for Edon Zhegrova. The young Kosovo can benefit from the clean-up coming this summer. As the author of a promising second half of the season, Zhegrova has become the darling of the crowd with his percussion and unwavering desire, scoring a stunning goal in Angers. Confirmation is now expected for next season.