How have Lyonnais changed after their difficult season?

At OL Park,

While spinning in the mixed zone on Saturday night, we found Paul Bernardoni staring into space, sitting at the foot of his team bus to eat his pasta box. Thirty minutes later, the Angevin goalkeeper conceded Lyon’s fifth and final goal, a shot from a tight angle by Moussa Dembélé as needed, the epilogue of a nightmarish game for SCO at Parc OL ( 5-0). Although moderately filled (39,586 spectators), the enclosure decinoise on the contrary shook a euphoria that we did not imagine for such an appointment, especially after the first half hour (0-0) .

But this Year II of Peter Bosz’s time in Lyon has released something, starting with a real seriousness to complete an unerring 4/4 at home this summer against a bad power ranking (Ajaccio, Troyes, Auxerre and therefore Angers). It’s simple, the Dutch coach had to wait until the 9th day last year to see his team collect 13 points, the total this time has been validated in five games, with third place in the Ligue 1 at stake. Day and night in his first two months in 2021, marked by a frightening record of 7 points from 18 against six opponents in the second half of the table faced.

Parc OL rediscovered the ola

“We had a problem against these teams last year, we were hooked, Lyon midfielder Romain Faivre admitted. There, I don’t know how to explain, but we were full house. We put the race and the intensity in everything we do. Individuals serve the collective. We had a great season, and I think everyone enjoyed tonight in the stadium. There is a new momentum and a new mentality at the start of the season. “In when the game was unlocked thanks to Karl Toko Ekambi (1-0, 32nd), OL did almost everything well.

first clean cloth at the time, the ability to get second-hand cars as before last season against a lower block (in 5-3-2), and therefore in the end a demonstration with only one equal to 2021-22 (6-1 against Bordeaux in April). How then to explain such a difference in a few months to approach an appointment a priori almost funky against a “little”, and closed on Saturday in an ola that we have not seen for years at the Parc OL?

Like Alexandre Lacazette, congratulated by his teammates on Saturday for his 132nd goal, equal to the ranking of the third top scorer in the history of OL, the state of mind of the Lyon group seems to be clearly improving. – Laurent Cipriani/AP/SIPA

“There is a desire not to lose anything”

“We know that we lose a lot of points against this type of team and we lack consistency, said Castello Lukeba, author of the fourth goal on Saturday. [4-0, 62e]. Nowadays, we have corrected that so far. We are stricter, more focused. We all have the same vision, with the desire to go high and recover the ball to quickly project ourselves. We know we are not going to underestimate these teams but rather kill the matches going in. “A speech made by Corentin Tolisso two months ago during his presentation to the press, based on his five years living within the great Bayern Munich. However, the environment of Lyon refused to take responsibility for this quasi -metamorphosis.

No, it’s not from me. It is a daily job: in training, there is this desire not to lose anything when you play small games. It is written on the ground, even if we find ourselves led like Reims [1-0, 1-1 au final]. This is the mentality you must have. Above all, we must not relax and think that the match ended 1-0 or 2-0. It’s up to us to try to place 3rd, 4th, or even 5th like tonight. This is the mentality you need if you want to go far. »

Speech of the five-time German champion and winner of the 2020 Champions League, who enjoyed a “full team game” on Saturday. By consulting the rankings of Ligue 1 this Sunday morning, Peter Bosz, like his players, wants this place in the Top 5, he who has not been better placed in 6th in 2021-2022 ( only three times). Corentin Tolisso insisted on this topic, with determination: “We are Olympique Lyonnais, we must be at the top of the rankings”.

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