No matter the Cup, as long as we are drunk, was it written on a banner deployed in the Bollaert-Delelis stadium a few minutes before kick-off against Olympique de Marseille, Saturday May 6 . For two hours, thanks to the Rennes defeat on the lawn of Nice (2-1), Lens was guaranteed to finish in the first five places and, therefore, to find the European Cup for the first time since 2007. After their victory against OM (2-1) thanks to goals from Seko Fofana and Loïs Openda, the Sang et Or are getting closer to the most beautiful of them: the Champions League, which they have already played in twice (1999 and 2003).
9 out of 12 points against podium teams
With eleven points ahead of fourth Monaco, which travels to Angers on Sunday, the Lensois could validate their qualification for C1 the next day. It would only be logical as Franck Haise’s men proved to be intractable against their direct competitors. They took nine points out of a possible twelve against the members of the podium, PSG and Marseille. It’s as much as Paris Saint-Germain, while the Phocaeans simply took no points in these four direct confrontations.