Timothy Weah, Jonathan David, Lille

Gourvennec: 'Lille win first of many'

Publish on 26/09/2021 at 10:08


Jocelyn Gourvennec reserved special praise for attackers Jonathan David and Timothy Weah after LOSC's 2-1 win at RC Strasbourg Alsace, and hopes many more victories will follow.

Gourvennec has had a difficult start to his Lille career since succeeding Christophe Galtier as coach. Surprise champions last season, les Dogues had dropped 13 points by this time last week, but back-to-back 2-1 wins over Stade de Reims and Strasbourg have restored some belief in the camp.


"The group has raised the bar," Gourvennec said. "We pressed well for 70 minutes. We didn't back down. When you defend and recover the ball well you also have to then use it. We had 23 touches of the ball in Strasbourg's box!"

David scored a brace in the game, doubling his season tally to four Ligue 1 Uber Eats goals, while his fellow North American Weah had a hand in both, teeing the striker up for the opener before winning the penalty which he converted for the second.


"The attacking players really raised their level," Gourvennec continued. "They've worked a lot on recovering possession and when you have a first wave like that, it really energises the team. It's the beginning of things to come and we can't rest on our laurels."