UEFA Champions League

Jonathan David: 'I'm loving it'

Publish on 24/11/2021 at 10:30 - S. WILLIS

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After scoring the goal that clinched a 1-0 win over Salzburg and sent LOSC to the top of UEFA Champions League Group G with one match left to play, Canada striker and current Ligue 1 Uber Eats top scorer (ten goals) Jonathan David admitted that he is enjoying his rich vein of form.

David arrived at Lille in the summer of 2020 with some big shoes to fill - those of season revelation Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen - and it took the softly spoken Canadian some time to adapt to life at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

In fact it wasn't until November 22, 2020 - a year ago almost to the day - that he scored his first Ligue 1 Uber Eats goal, and what a difference that year has made. Since then, he has claimed the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title and made his UEFA Champions League debut and, in the current season, hit a rich vein of goal scoring form.

On top of his game

Currently atop the Ligue 1 Uber Eats scorers chart with ten goals, David bagged his second Champions League goal on Tuesday night, and what an important strike it was, clinching as it did the 1-0 win over visiting Salzburg that sent Les Dogues to the top of Group G with just one match left to play.

"I'm loving it," answered the 21-year-old - who bagged a brace in LOSC's 2-2 Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 14 draw in Monaco - when asked how it is to be rattling in the goals. "But the most important thing is to win the mach. If my goals and my work help the team, I'm happy. But the most important thing is to win. I'm in good form but it's still a collective effort because my teammates put me in the best situations to finish the actions."

Steel

Indeed, LOSC had their iron-clad defence to thank for keeping the Austrian side at bay in a contest that was far from easy for Jocelyn Gourvennec's men despite being played on home turf.

"It was a difficult match with a lot of intensity. That's what the Champions League demands. We knew that we had to stay strong, that the game would be quite scrappy. We had to get past that, and were able to do it," explained David in the post-match press conference. "At the very beginning we had the ball. They momentarily took control of the game and took advantage of the space to counter-attack. But we dealt with it well by getting back into the game. Then we dominated them and closed them down in the first half."

While anything can still happen in a group where just three points separate leaders LOSC from bottom side - and Les Dogues' Matchday 6 opponents - Wolfsburg, anything other than a defeat to the German side will see David and co. go through to the round of 16.

Disconnect

Such an accomplished display naturally prompted questions as to how LOSC can perform to such a level in Europe while struggling somewhat - the reigning Ligue 1 Uber Eats champions currently sit 12th on the table with 17 points from four wins, five draws and five defeats - in the league.

"I don't know," shrugged David. "Of course, we give the same effort in Ligue 1. We know how important results are. We are not where we would like to be in the league standings."

LOSC's next opportunity to address that issue comes in another home match, against FC Nantes at 17:00 CET (16:00 GMT) on Saturday.