This summer, OL announced the arrival of American billionaire John Textor as the club’s future owner, the maintenance of Peter Bosz in total failure in his first season and the return of local children, Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso. A summer of bets and promises which, two months later, have not been confirmed and have finally maintained an ambient vagueness on all floors of the club.
By Alexandre Le Bris
On June 21, a new era was to begin at OL. Presented with great fanfare by Jean-Michel Aulas, John Textor was inducted as the future new owner of OL. The American billionaire, who owns Botafogo (Brazil), Molenbeek (Belgium) and 40% of the capital of the English club Crystal Palace, seemed to be the hen with the golden eggs so sought after by Jean-Michel Aulas. On paper, the businessman has experience and above all funds available, the perfect combination in short. He therefore arrives at a press conference as a desired man and takes the opportunity to do his one-man show. The ideal son-in-law seduces Jean-Michel Aulas by leaving him in charge of the club: “There will be no changes in management, that is not the objective. » He also charms supporters when he talks about his sporting goals, bringing all the Gones back to memories of the 2000s. “We want to win titles, we want to come back to the European scene and win, we want to beat PSG. »
To top it all off, John Textor promises lots and lots of it, very quickly. Except that less than fifteen days before the deadline for the finalization of the sale process set for September 30, the candidate for the takeover of the club would still be in search of funds, announced The Team. He would rummage through his contact book to find sums amounting to a few tens of millions of euros in order to convince “a dozen financial institutions that currently hold OL Groupe’s debt” , reports the French daily. It is rumored that John Textor should still pull through, and he will also attend his first match at Parc OL, this Sunday evening against Paris Saint-Germain.
Peter Bosz the bad Gone
Let’s hope for him that he sees a better show than what Les Gones have delivered since the start of the season. The team led by Peter Bosz remains on two defeats last week in Lorient (3-1) and Monaco (2-1). The pressure is mounting on the manager, as director of football Vincent Ponsot hinted in the columns of Progress : “We didn’t wait for the Monaco match to set goals for Peter. We want to get back on the podium. We expect results more quickly than waiting for the end of the season. Peter has goals set at the World Cup break (15e daytime) ” . An ultimatum which is not very pleasing for the coach and his group, fifth in the championship having only played Monaco as a competitor for European places. All after a last season in hell ended in eighth place in the league and by a spanking at home in the quarterfinals of C3 against West Ham (1-1, 0-3).
The mission promises to be perilous for the technician who will have to travel to Lens on the return from the international break in early October and continue with Rennes, Lille and Marseille in particular. The reasons for hope appear slim, because the huge tactical shortcomings glimpsed last year when it came to destabilizing compact blocks projecting quickly on the counter have been brought to light against Reims and Lorient. The former Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen player has also failed to make his defense waterproof, as evidenced by the 51 goals conceded last season, which made him the ninth worst in the league in this area. It is nevertheless necessary to relieve him of some responsibilities in this sector, because his superiors Cheyrou (director of recruitment) and Ponsot were not really inspired on the question of recruitment, at the time of enlisting Damien Da Silva and Jérôme Boateng (34 years each), who are currently failing in the 69.
Cherki without a license to play, but with the keys to the truck
A huge question mark that did not find an answer during the summer transfer window. Because if Bruno Cheyrou showed off when the announcement of the signing of the two ghosts Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso, the choice not to recruit anyone in order to reposition Thiago Mendes in central defense for the entire season seemed doubtful. This seems to be confirmed at the end of a week with two defeats where he will have been directly involved in the majority of the goals. The late sale of Lucas Paquetá also caused a real loss for the Lyon eleven which cannot be compensated only by Lacazette, even if his undeniable technical contribution and his four goals plus an assist are an asset for the team. The 2018 world champion returned from Bayern will not occupy this creative position left vacant either since he is slowly taking his marks at the position of number six after recovering from a physical glitch which made him miss all of the physical preparation.
Bosz’s players can’t rely on their goalkeeper Anthony Lopes either, sent off on the first day on a hazardous outing. His poor positioning was even singled out by Enzo Le Fée (FC Lorient) who deceived him on a free kick: “At the base, I wanted to shoot on the goalkeeper side, and I realize that he is almost glued to his post. So I said to myself that without using any force, I just had to lob the wall. That’s what I did and it worked. » So as often in these troubled times, OL relies on its nursery. To his ability to destabilize defenses and set them on fire, Rayan Cherki has added that of being decisive, like his three offerings during his 80 short minutes of play since the start of the season. As a detonator, it was from him that the decision came against Reims then Auxerre, finally giving the impression that someone held the keys to the attacking animation truck. But when it comes to writing a new era, the strategy of putting everything on the shoulders of a 19-year-old kid who plays no more than 20 minutes per game appears almost unconscious.
By Alexandre Le Bris