The Frederic Antonetti era at Lille began with not so much a bark but a whimper, as they lost 2-0 to promoted side Angers. They were without a win in six Ligue 1 matches before this week’s resurgence and though they have won their last two matches, he has certainly got a job on his hands.
Given how little time his predecessor was allowed, he needs to act fast. So how does the 51-year-old manager turn the club around?
Play attractive football
While many struggling teams have trouble keeping goals out, Lille by contrast are having trouble scoring them.
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Though it seems illogical for a relegation-threatened side to go gung-ho, playing prettier, more offensive football is an easy way for the new manager to endear himself to his new fans.
The supporter’s biggest criticism of sacked manager Hervé Renard was the sleep-inducing football his team played.
With Lille one of the lowest scorers in the league before he took over, it may even see them win a few matches. Even if they lose a few games along the way the fans will be thankful their team is one worth paying to watch.
He must find a way to put the talents of player such as Yassine Benzia, Djibril Sidubé and Sofiane Boufal to good use.
Speaking of Boufal, he is a player central to the club’s good fortunes. While the club have struggled, he has enjoyed a decent campaign in front of goal.
As Lille’s season is looking bleaker, his desire to seek a move will grow. As one of the only Lille players who seems to have turned up this season, keeping him at the club is obviously a must.
Stock up this Christmas
Lille let go of some key players in the summer, much to their detriment. Starlet Adama Traoré left for fellow Ligue 1 side Monaco, while they lost both Idrissa Gueye and Divock Origi to the lure of the Premier League.
In response, they signed a number of low-cost, sub-par players who have failed to have a profound effect on the first team. They sold £24 million worth of talent, but only spent £9 million, which was never going to go down too well.
Lille need one or two quality signings capable of taking them to the next level. As the joint-lowest scorers in the division, a proven goal scorer is a must. Of course, convincing players to join a sinking ship will prove a herculean task.
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