Lille manager Christophe Galtier believes their rising star Nicolas Pepe is "just behind" Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the list of Ligue 1's top strikers.
Pepe's tally of 16 goals puts him level with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and two behind Mbappe at the top of Ligue 1's scoring charts. His eight assists have only been matched by PSG winger Angel Di Maria.
"In terms of Ligue 1, he's just behind Neymar and Mbappe," Lille coach Christophe Galtier said.
Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.
Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Balotelli, who started on the bench after joining from Nice until the end of the season, remonstrated with referee Amaury Delerue...
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Eric Bailly to AC Milan
With Bailly not having featured since being hauled off after 19 minutes of Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle United last month, Milan will...
In-form LOSC Lille wideman Jonathan Bamba has revealed that he has been contacted by the Cote d'Ivoire about representing the Elephants at international level but has refused to commit to the West African side.
The 22-year-old, who has scored seven times and has one assist in 12 Ligue 1 outings for Les Dogues so far this season, believes he has the quality to represent France and is currently focusing on a future with Les Bleus.
"I was contacted by the Cote d'Ivoire," he told Téléfoot...