Mavuba calls for calm at Lille

Lille captain Rio Mavuba has urged fans and players not to panic after the Ligue 1 club dropped into the relegation zone over the weekend.

Les Dogues sacked Herve Renard at the beginning of November after a poor start to the season, but fortunes have not improved as they are yet to win a game since his departure.

Mavuba was keen to stress that there was still a long way to go in the campaign and that undue panic would not help the team rectify their current situation.

"We mustn't panic. We're only halfway through the season and there's still a long way to go," he told the Ligue 1 website. "We don't have any choice. We have to get out of this situation.

"We have to stay united and work together, it's the only way we'll get out of it. That's the basis of our future success. We have to keep working and not let anything slip, get our game back and enjoy ourselves on the pitch."

Frederic Antonetti was appointed as Renard's successor at the end of last month and his first game in charge was this past weekend's 2-0 loss to Angers, which saw Lille drop into the relegation places, and he admitted he is still looking for solutions.

"I knew that when I came here I would find problems. I need to provide solutions, that's what I'm here for," Antonetti explained.

"We're not here to analyse why we're in difficulty, but rather how to get ourselves out of it. I am warning everyone: It's going to take time to get out of this. Let's do it step-by-step. Let's get some breathing space."

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