Can the Lyonnais really rely on their best start to the season in ten years?

Can the Lyonnais really rely on their best start to the season in ten years?

At OL Park,

Alexandre Lacazette was still only a promising right winger and the legendary Lisandro Lopez started its last season in the Rhône. It was during this summer of 2012 that Olympique Lyonnais managed for the last time to collect 10 points from their first four Ligue 1 games. And this until Wednesday evening, when Mateus Tetê and Karl Toko Ekambi allowed OL to beat AJ Auxerre (2-1) to find the Top 4 of the championship, with three successes and a draw, as well as a game behind compared to its direct competitors in the race for the podium.

In 2013, Rémi Garde’s men ended their season in third place, which has not happened to the Lyonnais since 2019. After a difficult first year far from the club’s objectives (8th), Peter Bosz So this time he really put his group on the right track to finally find the Champions League? “We saw another OL today compared to the match at Reims (1-1). The game was much better, we had a lot of movement”, enthuses the Dutch coach, who even mentioned “a benchmark match at the start of the season”.

The corner played quickly by two by Cherki could have been expensive

Even if Lyon obviously proved to be much less apathetic than Sunday in the Marne (20 shots to 6 against AJA), this analysis should be qualified. Without a save from Rémy Riou against Gaëtan Perrin (2-1, 90th), the promoted Burgundian, who had left several major players on the bench at kick-off, would also have brought back a point from Parc OL. “I am moderately satisfied because at the end of the match, we had to stay behind and manage more, but we wanted to score more goals”, sums up Malo Gusto.

Despite the confidence garnered at home against AC Ajaccio (2-1) and Troyes (4-1), this team once again played to scare each other during the last quarter of an hour on Wednesday. The glaring illustration came in the 80th minute, on a corner… in favor of OL. Although he offered a decisive center in first intention to Karl Toko Ekambi on the previous set piece (2-0, 72nd), Rayan Cherki made this time the choice to play it quickly with two. A losing bet, since the ball then flies to Johann Lepenant, who has almost no other choice, under pressure, than to attempt a shot from 20 m, in the axis.

“We put ourselves in a little danger on our own”

His blocked shot benefits former Lyonnais Gaëtan Perrin, who goes off to play a model of supersonic 60m counter-attack with Mathias Autret at the conclusion, facing only Nicolas Tagliafico. How can a group quietly leading 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining, with a corner kick in their favor, seriously put themselves in such a 1v2 situation in seconds? “We have strict organizations and after Johann’s shooting, it was all open, so we were poorly organized, recognizes peter bosz. We controlled the game for 80 minutes but it’s true that in the last 10 minutes, it was hot. “We put ourselves in a bit of danger on our own”, corroborates Rémy Riou, who ended his interim on Wednesday with a precious reflex stoppage, linked to the three-game suspension of Anthony Lopes. Deprived of the European Cup, OL will continue their very affordable course with their titular goalkeeper against teams launched in the race to maintain, between Angers on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Lorient four days later.

“Yes, we must not forget that we have already played three times at home and that we have not faced the teams which will perhaps be at the top of the table at the end of the season, confirms Peter Bosz. But at the same time, last season, we lost a lot of points against opponents like that. ” Difficult to prove him wrong, since the Lyonnais only had 5 points at the same time during the summer of 2021, at the cost of draws conceded at home against Brest (1-1) and Clermont (3-3), as well as a hell of a slap in Angers (3-0). This OL now orphaned by Lucas Paqueta will have from next week enough to be fixed on its true level, between two trips to Monaco and Lens, as well as the reception of the Parisian ogre.

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