« Back

Lille President Gérard Lopez picks Ajax as favourites in their Champions’ League group

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.”

 

Latest news