Faced with the injuries of Renato Sanches and Zeki Celik, injured with their selections, Christophe Galtier accused the hellish pace imposed on players since the start of the season.
Lille lost big in the international break. Two indisputable holders have indeed joined the infirmary: Renato Sanches, who became Losc’s playing master and hit the thigh with Portugal after the friendly against Andorra, and Zeki Celik, injured in the ankle with Turkey against Russia and who could miss several weeks of competition.
The blow is hard for Losc and Christophe Galtier did not mince his words in the columns of L’Equipe. “It is the aberration of an incredible calendar,” he lamented. Those who made this international calendar have lost all reference to what high level football is. There is breakage everywhere, in all the selections, all the clubs are affected. We have compressed a calendar and, in addition, we have added matches, with a friendly at each international break. “
And the northern technician to be all the more worried that the second in the League will also have to chain matches until the truce between Ligue 1 and Europa League. “I take the example of Renato, who freaks out the day after or two days after the match against Andorra. Andorra, this is his fourth match in eleven days…, he railed. The internationals come out of a series of seven meetings, they have three international matches and, behind, they have ten matches in a very few weeks… We must above all take into account the number of matches they will miss, more than the duration . Because even if it’s not long, as you play every three days, the one who is the understudy at the post will have to follow up every three days. “