The 2022-23 Ligue 1 season kicks off this weekend as traditional high-flyers Lille welcome Auxerre in an opening weekend clash at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The hosts entered last term as defending champions, but without title-winning coach Christoph Galtier at the helm, only managed to struggle to a mid-table finish.
With that result likely to still sting their squad, they’ll hope to reverse fortunes and force their way back into the upper echelons this campaign – but first, they must get off the mark with a victory against their newly promoted visitors.
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The 2021-22 season is one Lille would likely rather forget in a hurry, as their title defence fell dramatically apart and they slumped to a particularly chastening finish in 10th, well off the pace of the race to take the crown from them.