Pitchside Europe: Forward thinking pays off for Lille and Sochaux

“Both Lille and Sochaux are reaping the rewards of long-term projects centred around carefully investing in young players, showing patience with their coaches – Rudi Garcia at Lille, Francis Gillot at Sochaux – and encouraging attractive football. “We have always tried to attack, to have the ball, and to play our game,” explained Garcia, after the 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain that made sure of the league title.”

Since the start of this month, I’ve been writing a blog for the Eurosport website entitled Pitchside Europe. The latest entry, on how Lille and Sochaux’s bold attacking strategies have brought them both unprecedented success in Ligue 1 this season, can be read here.

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