Lens goalkeeper Brice Samba looks ahead to Lille derby

In an interview with L’Équipe, Lens goalkeeper Brice Samba has defended his team’s recent poor form, suggesting that the high expectations set by their earlier successes this season have only made the criticism more pronounced. However, he recognises the significance of the upcoming derby against Lille this Saturday.

When asked if he thought his team’s individual performances had dropped, Samba replied, “No. We’ve spoiled people by winning games. This is the best season RC Lens has had in 120 years. For us, there hasn’t been a drop in form. A season is a long journey. It’s never calm. There are storms. If we can regain our rhythm from the beginning of the season, it can be very, very dangerous.”

Samba’s words come at a time when Lens have struggled to maintain their form, having only won two of their last five league games. Despite this, they remain joint-third with Monaco in the Ligue 1 table, only two points behind Marseille in second place. 

GFFN | George Boxall

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