When his 61 beginse season in Ligue 1, RC Lens will inevitably be one of the attractions of the season. Having seduced more than one and intrigued their opponents last season, Frank Haise’s players will have the tough task of doing as well, if not better, than last year. A mission certainly not easy, but the blood-and-gold are ready.
An attractive 2021-2022 season
This season was the 60the from the northern club of Ligue 1. Paradoxically, the Lensois were enjoying their second consecutive season among the elite after their relegation to Ligue 2 a few years earlier. But the newly promoted did not go with the back of the spoon. At 7e harvest in the standings at the end of the season. 17 wins, 11 draws and a dozen defeats, this is the Lensois record in 38 league games.
After two draws in the first two days, the Lensois chained together some good shots in the following games. Frank Haise’s men stunned Louis II by beating AS Monaco 2-0 in the 3rde day, and in Bordeaux at Matmut Atlantique 3-2 during the 5the during the day. The next day, it was the reigning champions of Lille who suffered from the Lensoise law and especially Olympique de Marseille at the Vélodrome. If the team from the north has been tickling Europe for a long time, they have only missed it on the last day. Lack of draw on the last day at home against AS Monaco. On the offensive front, Arnaud Kalimuendo, on loan from PSG, distinguished himself with 12 goals. finish 10e in the scoreboards.
Off-season moves at RC Lens
To confirm last year’s good results, RC Lens has been quite active in the transfer market this summer. 6 players have joined the ranks of the northern club. On the other hand, 6 players have the path in the opposite direction among them Jonathan Clauss.
Ikoma Lois Openda (Club Brugge)
Brice Samba (Nottigham)
Salis Abdul Samed (Clermont)
Adam Buksa (New England)
Jimmy Cabot (Angers)
Lukasz Poreba (Zaglebia)
Gaetan Robail (Guingamp, Return from loan)
Steven Fortès (Ostend, loan return)
Jonathan Varane (Rodez, return from loan)
Adam Oudjani (Briochin, Return of the Loan)
Ismael Boura (Le Havre, Return from loan)
Mohamed Dosso (Guingamp, Reserve)
Charles Boli (Vicenza, loan return)
Jonathan Claus (Marseille)
Simon Banza (Braga)
Briann Pereira (Auxerre)
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Mohamed Cisse (UNFP)
Corentin Jean (Inter Miami)
Arnaud Kalimuendo (PSG, End of loan)
Lensois squad for the season
|16||G||Jean Louis Leca|
|20||M||David Pereira da Costa|
|26||M||Salis Abdul Samed|
Ambitions and classification
If RC Lens continues to be one of the strongholds of French football, the current situation calls for a little more caution. Therefore, the priority of Joseph Oughourlian’s club is to stay very quickly in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Then look for a bonus. Those from the north also have the ambition to find Europe. If the Champions League seems like a difficult goal, the Europa League or the Europa League Conference are much less so. In fact, Lens will remain one of the teams that made a good run for last season’s Ligue 1 Uber Eats title. A dynamic that coach Frank Haise aims to maintain. “We will always have the ambition to play, offer and improve in all areas of the game. And he said it: Lens will try to do as well, if not better than last year. He promises
The player to watch
With the departure of Kalimuendo, there is a spot as an attacking leader to look for in RC Lens. And the fight will be bitter between the different contenders. Meanwhile, Seko Fofana, the blood and gold midfielder, burst onto the screen last season to the extent that even the Parisian ogre was interested. But for now he remains in Frank Haise’s squad and should start the season, barring a rebound, in Lens.
The Lensois calendar, this season
The Lensois will have a fairly quiet month of August. Only Monaco, the first big piece, stands in their way. It will be in Lluís II on August 21. It’s the month of October which will be a bit busier with trips to Lille and Marseille, and the OL reception.
Monaco–Lens (3e August 21st)
Lent – OL (9e October 2nd)
Lille–Lens (10e October 9)
OM – Lent (12e October 23)
Lens – PSG (17e January 1, 2023)