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Stade Brestois – Lille OSC: Late Equalizer Keeps Brest In Hunt For Champions League (1-1)

Stade Brestois maintained their grip on second place for another week running. It was a vital point against Champions League rivals Lille OSC in a tightening race at the top and a demonstration of a growing trend in France.

Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.

This season remains a surprise for Stade Brestois, a team that has never finished above eighth in the league, but under manager Eric Roy has become committed to a historic chase for a podium position and a place in next year’s Champions League. The Francis-le Blé stadium would be unable to host the club if they were able to qualify, a testament to how underprepared the club have been to fly as high as they have done. 

Their first defeat since November came last weekend in a performance that suggested fatigue was beginning to set into Roy’s side. The manager maintained a 4-2-3-1 formation. Marco Bizot was in goal behind Bradley Locko, Lilian Brassier, Brendan Chardonnet, and Kenny Lala. At the base of midfield, Hugo Magnetti and Pierre Lees-Melou, while Mathias Pereira Lage and Romain Del Castillo flanked Mahdi Camara as the number ten. Up front, the only change for Roy was Martín Satriano for Steve Mounie. 

Paolo Fonesca’s Lille OSC came into the weekend in contention for the Champions League places even if . . .

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