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Duel of opposite dynamics – AS.com

After two years of absence and with a Ligue 1 title under his arm, Lille returns to the Champions League. The northern team was the great bell of last season in European football by proclaiming itself champion of the French championship against all odds. However, of that intractable team from May there is very little. Christophe Galtier, architect from the bench of the feat, left the club to go to Nice and his departure has been a setback that has been greatly reflected in the start of the season.

Although they have only lost Maignan and Soumaré from the team that was champion, Lille are in a process of rebuilding that has led them to only add 5 points out of 15 possible and lose with a crash on Friday against Lorient in Brittany. Line by line, the Doges have hit a spectacular slump. In defense, neither Fonte nor Botman are that impregnable pair that made Lille the best defense in Europe last season; in midfield, the level of André, Xeka, Yazici and company has evaporated and Yilmaz, 37, is not enough to decide the games of yesteryear. The scenario could not be more pessimistic, since their rival, Wolfsburg, is intractable in the Bundesliga with full of victories.

Van Bommel’s men beat Greuther Fürth last weekend in another generally brilliant collective performance. Without Schlager, their best player, who will be out for six months due to a crusader injury, The main offensive weapons of “Die Wölfe” are the Weghorst tank, which has started the season with two goals in four games, the talented Nmecha, scorer last weekend and Phillipp, forming one of the rather prolific trinomials.. Without a doubt, the dynamics of both teams are radically opposite and the emotional factor may weigh on Pierre-Mauroy today.

The last time that Lille and Wolfsburg met in European competition was in the 2014-2015 Europa League, the Germans being clearly superior after having drawn one on their visit to northern France and to have martyred his rival by a 3-0 in Germany with an exhibition of the Swiss Ricardo Rodríguez. Today, at 9 pm, Lille will seek to reverse the crisis it is suffering in a stadium that will present full to overflowing.

LILLE: Grbic; Celik, Jose Fonte, Botman, Reinildo; Ikoné, André, Xeka, Yazici; David, Yilmaz.

WOLFSBURG: Casteels; Baku, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Arnold, Guilavogui; Nmecha, Philipp, Steffen; Weghorst.

Referee: D. Makkelie (P. Low).

Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Hour: 21:00 (M + LC 2).

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