Lille – Some will leave the club this summer. Then the Lille and their magical triplette "BIP BIP" (Bamba, Ikoné, Pepe) will want to heal their farewell with the public northerners, after a dream season Saturday against Angers in L1 (21:00).
Among the players who have a good exit, the only one who is sure to leave is Nicolas Pépé. Whoever trains the "BEEP BEEP"with partners Jonathan Bamba and Jonathan Ikoné will be sold to a European cador this summer, a transfer that will do a lot of good for the finances of Losc, which hopes to reach 80 million euros, but which will leave a void in the stadium Pierre-Mauroy .
The middle trident carried Lille on his shoulders on the offensive plan. Authors of 34 goals and 20 assists in their three, they have the distinction of having played all matches. A series that should not end for the last one at home.
– Inseparable –
"It will be the best possible team of the moment, there is fatigue but I am satisfied with the workouts"Christophe Galtier, coach Lille, whose team has 99.9% direct qualification for the next Champions League, will not turn.
"One point qualifies us definitively but there is also what must be our last meeting in front of our supporters. For the evening to be successful, the match must be successful", he adds.
After celebrating the win against Bordeaux and enjoying two days of rest, the Lille have returned to training with a light spirit. If the staff reminded them that there are still two games to play, it already floats a bit of holiday.
Ikoné, Pepe and Bamba, aged 21 to 23 years old and all from the Paris region, jostled the protocol by coming to three in a press conference Thursday. Demonstration by example, and laughter so much they have struggled to keep their seriousness, as their ties to the city are as great as on the ground.
"I enjoy playing with them, I think it's mutual and that's why we come to share a little joy together", slipped Ikoné, originally scheduled alone for this pre-match appointment.
– "Enjoy these moments"-
"It may be one of the last times we play together, even if I do not hope so. We will enjoy these moments", added Bamba, just elected April player in Ligue 1.
For the Losc, a page will soon turn. If they only played one season together, the three men helped their club get up dramatically after coming close to relegation last year.
Although he said half seriously that "staying is a possibility"While his two accomplices showed a knowing smile, Nicolas Pépé knows that he will carry for the last time the Lille colors in front of his public and that the probability of replaying a day with Bamba and Ikoné is slim.
For Galtier, who said there would be no more than four starts this summer, the time is not nostalgia anyway: "We know very well that players who have been very successful and have a good exit for a while will leave us but it will be good for them and for the project that was set up by the president."Even if the void will be difficult to fill.