LOSC. What are the conditions for Lille to qualify for the Champions League?

LOSC. What are the conditions for Lille to qualify for the Champions League?
LOSC. What are the conditions for Lille to qualify for the Champions League?

The match this Sunday, May 19, 2024 evening – kick-off at 9:00 p.m. – is not without challenges. For the entire club, the main motivation for this confrontation is to finish in 3rd place, synonymous with direct qualification for the Champions League, the most prestigious and lucrative European competition, next season. But Brest, which also has 58 points, faces Toulouse at the same time and does not see it that way. Explanations.

In the Ligue 1 standings, Paris-Saint-Germain, French champion, and Monaco, assured of finishing second in the championship since last weekend, will remain 1st and 2nd in the 2023-2024 season, whatever happens. passes this evening. They are therefore qualified for the Champions League, the most prestigious European cup for next season 2024-2025.

LOSC, which hosts Nice this evening, and Brest, which goes to Toulouse, therefore have a distant duel to snatch 3rd place directly qualifying for the Champions League. The direct competitor in 3rd place, Brest, is in ambush with the same number of points in the ranking: 58 points, but just a difference in goals scored over the season: +2 goals scored for Lille, which explains Lille are on the podium for the moment and not the Brestois.

Consequence: victory, defeat or draw, Lille must do better than Brest. In other words, we must win tonight for Lille and if Brest also wins in Toulouse, we will have to maintain a positive goal differential. If Brest loses or draws while Lille wins, the 3rd place will be assured for LOSC. In the event of draws on both sides or defeat on both sides, it will also be decided on goal difference. And it is a safe bet that, in the stands of the Pierre Mauroy stadium, a watchful eye will be kept on the Toulouse meeting.

Financially, it is important for the club to finish third. Sportingly, it will be magnificent. And for my future, we will see

Paulo Fonseca, LOSC coach

Why is it important? Because a direct place in the Champions League is very lucrative for clubs. But, if Lille finishes 4th in the Ligue 1 standings, Lille will inherit a placeace to the 3rd preliminary round (August 6-7 and 13, followed by a possible play-off on August 20-21 and 27-28). In the event of elimination, in the 3rd round or in the play-offs, the club will be transferred to the league phase of the Europa League.

Finally, from a purely statistical point of view, the site of Fabien Torre, academic, estimates that Lille has a 79% chance, in the current configuration, of finishing third.

Asked what is at stake in this evening’s match and the 3rd place, Paulo Fonseca, LOSC coach, expressed: “Financially, it is important for the club to finish third. Sportingly, it will be magnificent. And for my future, we will see. It is important to have the possibility of playing in the Champions League, but there are ‘other things I need to think about when making my decision.’

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