At the Beaujoire stadium,
With only two points taken in three games, a total of seven goals conceded and a rant from the supporters validated by the new coach, Olympique Lyonnais already had the pressure clearly before facing FC Nantes this Friday evening. No wonder then to see how the narrow success (1-0) at La Beaujoire, thanks to a goal from Dembélé in the 34th minute, was greeted with relief by the Lyonnais. At the final whistle, the players, Dubois in the lead, thus remained several minutes on the lawn to f, then to thank their fans massed in a corner of the stand.
“It’s a very important victory for confidence,” admits coach Peter Bosz warmly. It was a bit complicated but complicated victories I don’t care. It’s only the three points that count. “” This match was already crucial, admits goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, author of several decisive saves. We went to seek this victory in the mind. I saw determined players, we all came together. It is a good omen for the future. It frees us up a bit. We are not going to slow down now I hope. “
It must be said that the Lyonnais once again displayed a double face. Attractive offensively, like the inspirations of Paqueta and Aouar, the Gones especially suffered a lot in defense: 18 shots suffered, including half a dozen clear chances. “We have a risky game, we knew that. It’s a philosophy that suits us. Even if it is certain that behind that leaves some spaces ”, analyzes Anthony Lopes. The Diomandé-Da Silva pair, aligned in the absence of Denayer (diminished) and Marcelo (discarded), appeared quite feverish. The former Rennais was also logically expelled after two yellow cards. Worrisome for a contender for the podium.
True to his reputation as a supporter of spectacular football, Peter Bosz preferred to insist after the meeting on the potential of his attack. “When I signed for Lyon everyone told me that the team scored a lot of goals but that they also took some,” says the Dutch coach. I am looking for balance and today I saw really good things. We played, we tried, but we should have won more. With the qualities we have, Dembélé’s speed, Paqueta’s strength, Karl’s dribbling [Toko Ekambi], we have to do better. The matches would be easier. “
OL will host Strasbourg on Matchday 5, September 12.