The tree that hides the forest. OL is still engaged in four competitions, it will play the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, a semi-final of the Coupe de France (both against PSG) and the eighth of the prestigious Champions League (against Juventus). Yes but now, Lyon is moping in 11th place in the league after 25 days. Far, very far, from his ambitions.
“By possibly winning a Cup, we are not playing the Champions League. Our goal is C1. And the C1, it goes through the podium. In the Cup (against OM 1-0), we won yes but without especially making a great match, ”grumbles Anthony Lopes.
The porter is not used to hiding. His teammates a little more. The Lyonnais have not shown anything yet Sunday, at home, against Strasbourg. They come out with a draw (1-1). And it's not even cheap, since the Alsatians hit the posts twice in the last 5 minutes.
Lyon offers nothing. No momentum, very little movement. OL, only 4 successes at home this season in L1 in 12 games, is mired in the middle of the standings. Simply at his level. Terrible observation for the 2nd budget of France (310 million euros), which spent tens of millions of euros during the transfer window last summer. And who hoped so much better, even tickle the PSG. It was last summer. Another time.
"Everyone was really touched"
“We lacked movement, technical accuracy. We didn't have enough shots. We cannot win under these conditions, ”blows midfielder Maxence Caqueret. Lopes, himself, spectator since his goals of the sad performances of OL since the start of the season, was bubbling inwardly: “We cannot expect much with such a performance. 11th after 25 games, it becomes complicated. As long as it is mathematically possible at the podium level, we will believe it. Anyway, if we don't believe it, we lay down our arms and stop everything. It will not be the case ”.
Coach Rudi Garcia, he appeared a bit disillusioned: "I was careful of the stakes before the match, I wondered if this is not what was blocking my players a little, but ultimately it did not not changed. So if we have to remind them how motivated they have to be and do a lot better to win the games, we will. "
The cloakroom, in any case, seems marked. "The ranking (11th), he was on TV after the match," continues Lopes. When I saw some faces (of teammates), everyone was really touched. It is up to us to bring OL where it needs to be… ”
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In his mind, it is certainly not 11th. And so far from the podium. But it is indeed the current level of OL since the start of the season. After 25 days, there is no longer just bad luck, ineffectiveness or severity in the analyzes. Just to notice.