Lille made a subdued start to life at their new stadium, held to a 1-1 draw by Nancy on Friday in their first match of the new Ligue 1 season.
Rudi Garcia’s men went behind in the first half to a goal from Nancy’s Djamel Bakar, but a quick-fire equaliser from new signing Salomon Kalou earned them a point.
Lille centre back Aurelien Chedjou said the result had been a disappointing way to mark the opening of the new stadium.
“There was a very good atmosphere. We saw that before kick-off and during the game,” Chedjou said.
“What spoiled the night was the result. We have a mixture of feelings now. We would have preferred to take three points at home.
“We played against a defensive team but now, we need to move on and think about the game in Denmark (on Tuesday against FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League).”
Chedjou’s team-mate Benoit Pedretti echoed his sentiments.
“We would have preferred not to have put on a show and to have scored an ugly goal to get the win, but apart from the fact that we drew, Lille had a good evening – not on the pitch – but everything else worked out pretty well,” Pedretti said.
Club president Michel Seydoux was not too disappointed by the draw, and said the new Grande Stade Lille Metropole had an atmosphere all its own.
“Our team did very well and there was a unique feeling at the ground,” Seydoux said.
“I won’t say that the game was not important because a lot of supporters came tonight. For me, what’s important is that it works out and we see some smiles in the crowd. We would have seen more smiles if we had won.
“You can analyse the game better than me, but I have the feeling that we are still in a preparation phase. It’s only the beginning of the season.”