Paulo Fonseca following derby day delight against Lens: “They were all heroes”

Speaking following Lille’s 1-0 win over Lens in the Derby du Nord on Sunday evening, manager Paulo Fonseca praised his side’s character to win the game despite being second best in large periods of the first half, as transcribed by L’Équipe.

“I am very happy with the victory. We played a good game, we deserved to win. The first half was difficult, with chances on both sides. We went into the second half with better chances, we were more aggressive, we created better opportunities. We defended better too. Obviously, Lucas (Chevalier) also saved the penalty, which changed a lot. But we deserve the three points.”

“We were very focused on this game, we knew it was going to be difficult. Lens is a very good team, with a lot of qualities. We won, but now the most important thing is to think about Strasbourg (Friday 9pm). We’ll start tomorrow (Monday), it’s important to win, to get victories, to maintain the balance within the group.”

“They were all the heroes of the match. Lucas (Chevalier) had an incredible game, he was there in the most important moments. I’m very happy with his game, but also with the whole team. I want to congratulate them. Not only the starters, but also those who came back. I want to congratulate the whole team.”


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