PARIS (AP) — Lille's attacking potential this season was on display as coach Marcelo Bielsa's new team started its French league campaign with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Sunday.
After finishing a disappointing 11th last season, Lille hired the Argentine coach — known as "El Loco Bielsa" (Crazy Bielsa) to his fans — with the aim of returning to the Champions League while playing an exciting brand of football.
Lille also recruited a dozen new players and the northern club's squad appears to have gelled.
Facing an unimaginative side, Lille dominated from the start but had to wait until the 48th to open the scoring through Junior Alonso. Nicolas De Preville doubled his team's lead from the spot and Anwar El Ghazi put the win beyond doubt.
The match also featured a duel between Bielsa and another prominent coach, Italian Claudio Ranieri.