Lorient will not lack motivation for their trip to Lille during this weekend's opening round of Ligue 1 action.
They only need to think back four months to recall how good a team Lille can be, as they brushed Lorient aside 5-0.
``Lille is a bad memory,'' Lorient manager Christian Gourcuff told the club's official website www.fclweb.fr
``It is for us to delete it and use it to prepare for this latest meeting with the utmost seriousness. It is important to negotiate this first game.''
Lorient finished eighth last term and Gourcuff is hoping for better, providing they can add consistency to their game.
``I do not set goals before the start of a season. There is always a game to win,'' he added.
``We want to have strength and consistency, which is what we missed last season. You cannot have ambitions without the collective strength to which we aspire.''
Lorient hope their former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who scored 15 goals for the club last term, can recover quickly from a knee injury suffered during training, although his history of injury troubles would perhaps suggest otherwise.
Lille, meanwhile, go into the game with uncertainty surounding the future of their former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou.
Although Kalou has stated that he is happy to continue playing in France, his suitors are thought to include Barclays Premier League club West Brom, suggesting Lille might face a fight to keep him.