"We will have opportunities" - Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec opens up on Chelsea's weak spot they will look to exploit


Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec has claimed to have identified one weak spot in Chelsea that his side could exploit. The Mastiffs play the reigning European champions at Stamford Bridge tonight in the first leg of their round of 16 clash in the Champions League .

With away goal rules now scrapped, the Ligue 1 holders are feeling confident of their chances despite suffering a loss in form this season.

Gourvennec, who replaced Christopher Gaultier at the helm of Lille last summer, insists that he hasn't instructed his team to sit back and instead exploit the space left behind when the Blues are on the offensive. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the kick-off, he said:

“Chelsea are strong in both areas. In possession, they have a big technical foundation. They have very strong attacks from the flanks and also strong defensively. They are a very complete team. But they attack a lot, [and] they expose themselves [at the back]."

Lille have lost their defensive prowess of last season, conceding 35 times in the league so far, 12 more than what they shipped throughout their title-winning campaign last time.

But in Europe, the Mastiffs have been solid, letting in only four goals in six group matches. Chelsea will be wary but Gourvennec has warned that his side will be proactive, instead of merely sitting back and waiting for the game to open up.

“We will have to be solid, but we will have opportunities. We can’t just defend and counter. We also have to be able to keep the ball a little bit. Managing the slower parts of the game will be fundamental,” said the French boss.

The Blues have conceded only twice from counter-attacking situations this season, which isn't bad, although it highlights one possible area of weakness.

 However, their attack has been a bigger cause for concern, as Tuchel's side haven't scored more than two goals in a game since the 5-1 demolition of Chesterfield in the FA Cup last month.

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