Harmless against a Paris Saint-Germain which had nothing transcendent, Olympique Lyonnais chained a third defeat in a row in ten days. In the thinning section: OL were not ridiculous, when they were promised hell against a Neymar-Messi-Mbappé trio that they managed to padlock. An observation which should not be that which one draws from a competitor on the podium.
With 58,230 spectators, Groupama Stadium broke its attendance record. So many people to see an inoffensive OL, and to witness what we thought would become a massacre in the public square from the 5e minute of play, when Lionel Messi converted the first Parisian projection on an offering from Neymar. It was finally nothing of this massacre, since at the time of the balance sheet, are evoked the regrets of Lyon. Those probably not to have let go more.
“The whole first half, we played with too much respect for PSG. » peter bosz
OL without fire, but with some flames
Quickly led, Olympique Lyonnais could and should have had more offensive ambitions. Except for Alexandre Lacazette’s header from close range, Les Gones did not have many other opportunities to worry Gianluigi Donnarumma. But failing to score, OL – and this is a terrible admission of weakness for the contender for the podium that they must be – insisted on another point: not to sink, and to finish the game with their heads not completely down. . Probably for fear of doing the wrong thing and because of some technical limitations on both sides, especially on the wings, OL did not dare to project themselves, nor to ignite a meeting which only wanted to be. “The whole first half, we played with too much respect for PSG” complained Peter Bosz about this Lyon who was content to defend well, even if it meant letting the Parisians spin the ball for long seconds too many times.
If the ship remained afloat, Olympique Lyonnais owes it to its strong men, who were able to respond. Often embarrassed in the half-spaces, the Gones were able to intervene on the last Parisian gesture. Starting with Anthony Lopes, decisive on many occasions. On a curl from Neymar in the first period, then on another signed Messi in the second, or even on a free kick from the Argentinian: the goalkeeper was everywhere, except to the right of his goal at this famous 5e minute. The defense also held its own, Thiago Mendes the first. Present where it was needed, always with a leg that drags in the right place, the Brazilian ended up driving Mbappé crazy, who again became the grumpy Kylian without success in the opposing area. Boss of the defense, Castello Lukeba also held the house – Messi’s dive from the start of the second act knows it only too well. Even Captain Lacazette, ghostly offensively, split the necessary defensive folds. And this is where the shoe pinches: we should not salute Lacazette for his defensive efforts in his last twenty meters. When he plays for Lyon and faces PSG, however powerful he is, he should be complimented for his combinations around the Paris area, his attempts on the opposing goal or his pressing on the restart.
What ambitions for Bosz’s OL?
At the end of the 8e day, OL are 6e and is already six units behind on the podium, and five on Lens. There is still time, a lot of time until spring when everything is decided when taking stock of a season. But it should already be emphasized that this Lyon has finally beaten only Auxerre, Ajaccio, Troyes or Angers, teams which are not a priori part of its championship, in any case much less than Monaco, the surprising Lorient or even Paris Saint-Germain, the last three executioners of the band at Bosz. After the truce, the menu will be terribly rich until the World Cup since OL will cross paths with Lens, Rennes, Lille, Marseille or Nice, which should allow him to know a little more where his place is. This is what it is all about: what place should Lyon aim for at the end of the season? What place corresponds to the value of this squad and its coach? Without lowering ambitions or “drink a lot of alcohol after these three defeats” as Bosz quipped, the technician ensures that he will continue to move forward with this OL which he considers to be in progress. “We are going on the right side. I have a clear idea of how I want to play with these players here, and I’m working hard on it.” , he promised. Fortunately, the lead car is just leaving the station. There are 30 days left at OL from Bosz, or another, to hang on to it.
By Clément Barbier, at Groupama Stadium