Lille coach Rene Girard compared his club's demanding Europa League group to that of French rivals Monaco in the Champions League after Friday's draw.
Girard, 60, saw his team pitted against Everton, Wolfsburg and Kuban Krasnodar in a testing Group H in European club football's second tier competition.
The 2011-12 Ligue 1 title-winning boss told media had his squad successfully come through their playoff with Porto, they may have had an easier route plotted for them in the Champions League.
Hull City's name will be absent from Friday's Europa League group stage draw after the away goals rule ended their first foray in the competition prematurely.
The Tigers defeated Belgian side KSC Lokeren 2-1 in their playoff second leg at the KC Stadium, Robbie Brady scoring both goals, but bowed out of their playoff tie on away goals after losing the first leg 1-0.
Jordan Remacle's goal, which cancelled out Brady's opener, proved decisive on the night as Hull failed to claim a third having los...