After a few weeks of well-deserved vacation and a resumption of training planned for the June 28, the Racing Club de Lens will be able to engage in the preparation of the 2021-2022 season. Thus, to prepare in the best possible way for this deadline, the first day of Ligue 1 will take place on the weekend of August 7 and 8, the Sang et Or will take part in seven friendlies. The first will take place on July 7 face au Standard de Liège, which is none other than the former club of Philippe Montanier, predecessor of Franck Haise at the head of Racing, 8th in Jupiler Pro League last year. A first test for the Blood and Gold who will, no doubt, have to do without the South Americans Faríñez, currently at the Copa America with Venezuela, and Medina, who should compete in the Olympic Games with the Argentine selection.
The fashion of the double confrontation
Then, from the July 9th, Lens will cross swords with l’Union Saint-Gilloise, newly promoted to the elite of Belgian football. Last year, Lens was tilted 3 goals to 1, on the lawn of the Paul-Guerre stadium in Billy-Montigny, facing the same opponent. The time will therefore be for revenge. Then, two double confrontations will come. Lens will face first Le Havre, twice during the day of July 17, then facing the Reims stadium, on the same model July 24. Last year, Racing had already used a double confrontation system, against Genk in particular, a conclusive experience since the club made the choice to renew it. Finally, a last match will be organized on July 31, a week before the resumption of the championship, against an opponent that remains to be determined. For now, the club has not communicated places of these summer meetings.
A workforce review?
Like last year, the friendly meetings should give Franck Haise the opportunity to test a wide variety of players. For the club, it will also be an opportunity to highlight the players placed on the transfer list and to integrate the new ones. Also, for the players, the offseason could allow them to consolidate their place in the rotation installed by the technician. Thus, last year, Florian Sotoca had registered the trifle of 5 buts on the whole preparation. The author of the penalty of the comeback was thus granted a place of choice in the starting XI of Franck Haise. A place that he has rarely left throughout the season.