Newly-crowned Ligue 1 champion Jose Fonte hit again on the claims made by Tony Cascarino about his membership Lille.
Lille pipped Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain to the title in an exhilarating race that got here right down to the ultimate sport of the season, on Sunday.
Fonte, 37, captained the aspect to their exceptional success and joined talkSPORT on Monday morning to replicate on the membership’s unbelievable achievement and first French league title win in a decade.
The previous Crystal Palace and Southampton defender couldn’t assist however have a dig again at former Marseille man Cascarino for his outlandish feedback about Ligue 1 soccer.
Right here’s a reminder at what he instructed talkSPORT earlier this month.
Cascarino mentioned: “Lille profitable Ligue 1 is worse than Leicester profitable the Premier League. It’s a a lot inferior group. Lille will not be even the largest group in its area. They’re the second.
“RC Lens is a a lot greater membership within the north of France. It’s like Sunderland is profitable the league towards Man City. Sorry to Sunderland followers if I upset you, however that is the very best comparability.”
And when requested about these feedback, Fonte instructed White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “Lille is the very best membership within the north of France. Statistically, in the event you speak about supporters and services, Lille is the very best membership.
“Tony Cascarino was mistaken when he mentioned Lens was the largest membership. No likelihood.”
Ligue 1 is commonly criticised as being monopolised by PSG, who’re anticipated to win the title season after season.
Nonetheless, the Portugal worldwide defended the usual of the French league within the face of criticism from Cascarino and others after Lille broke the mould this time period.
Fonte mentioned: “I’ve been lucky sufficient to play on the very highest degree. The Premier League is clearly the very best league on the planet. There’s more cash to spend on the very best gamers.
“Certainly, you’ll be able to’t examine with the Premier League. If we go to Spain, other than Barcelona, Actual Madrid and Atletico, there’s no competitors.”
Fonte’s journey has been unbelievable and joined Lille in 2018 because the membership constructed in direction of this second.
He has made 115 appearances for the membership and profitable the Ligue 1 title was his crowning glory.
“We began three years in the past when Luis Campos, the sporting director, got here into the membership and began the recruitment in bringing younger gamers and skilled gamers,” Fonte added.
“We completed second three years in the past, final 12 months we completed fourth as a result of the league stopped after we had good momentum.
“I believe we may have completed at the least second as effectively. This 12 months, we took benefit of Paris Saint-Germain shedding just a few extra video games than ordinary.”