Ligue 1 focus

The Blaugrana of the North

February 8, 2011
By Paul Marshall
(Archive)
Lille and Barcelona don't have too much in common. One is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean metropolis, the other an unremarkable Eurostar stop on the fast track from London to Paris. However, like Barcelona - and unlike Ashford in Kent, the other town rendered famous by the Channel Tunnel rail link - Lille have a football team the envy of the country.

"Lille are the best team we've played against," Nice coach Eric Roy said after seeing his team undone by the Ligue 1 leaders recently. "They're ...

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