Speaking to reporters yesterday following the Champions’ League Group Stage draw, Lille President Gérard Lopez reacted to his club being drawn with Chelsea, Valencia and Ajax.
“It is a wonderful group. It suits me very well. We are playing the Europa League winners, Chelsea, Ajax, who had a great Champions’ League campaign last season, and Valencia, a club that is always fighting at the top of La Liga. But these away matches aren’t far away. That suits me. It allows us to recover a little better. I saw that we had the smallest coefficient in the competition. I like this title. We have to do what we know to do, play like we know how to play. We can cause problems to a fair few teams if we do that. Aside from that, we will see. I was happy to hear two big clubs that I know well say to me that we were the team to avoid in the 4th pot, despite us being so small… A favourite? Ajax! But certainly not us.”