Lille vs Levski Sofia Preview
Lille coach Rudi Garcia has urged his side to go for broke as they search for their first win C against Levski Sofia.
Garcia knows anything less than three points may not be enough for his side after their poor start to the campaign with home defeat to Sporting Lisbon followed by a point against Gent in Belgium.
And with Levski coming into the game off the back of a 5-0 thumping at Sporting last time out and missing a host of big-name players, Garcia is urging all-out attack in a bid to leapfrog Levski in the group.
Garcia said: "If we win this game we pass this team and re-position ourselves in the group. That is our goal. We know we will need at least nine points and perhaps 10 to qualify.
"We've already used up at least one of our jokers and we would do well to win. I'm pretty confident about the fact that we can score some goals against the Bulgarian team."
Levski started their Europa League campaign with a home victory over Gent but their away form is poor and having failed to win three consecutive games on their travels the Bulgarians know they are up against it.
To make matters worse Levski have injury concerns with midfielders Hristo Yovov and Darko Tasevski both almost certainly out, and captain Georgi Petkov not even travelling to France.
Coach Yassen Petrov said: "Levski are going out there to play good football. All teams are beatable - there are no unbeatable sides. Lille have weaknesses and if we are fully motivated we stand a chance."
Levski will take some confidence into the trip after they consolidated their lead at the top of the Bulgarian league on Saturday with a 4-1 trouncing of strugglers Pirin Blagoevgrad.
Lille, by contrast, saw their hopes of staying with the Ligue 1 pacesetters dashed last Sunday when they lost their first league match of the season, 3-1 at Lyon.