One-touch soccer is the best soccer. Lille, it would seem, agrees with the premise.
Lille are currently scuffling through a forgettable season in Ligue 1. Mired in the thick midsection of the table, Lille sits in ninth place 19 points adrift of league leaders Lyon. Since winning the league double in 2011 and qualifying for the 2012-13 Champions League, it’s fair to say the post-Rudi Garcia era’s been a bit of a disappointment so far.
But this was not. Lille managed to pull off a sweeping 2-1 upset of Lyon over the weekend, and this lovely bit of one-touch madness was the equalizer. What you’re seeing here is five consecutive one-touch passes in and around the cramped spaces of the area. This is not easy, which makes it all the better.
Lille may not qualify for Europe next season, but they’ll always have this.