Aside from soccer, it was lastly a dream night for the Lyon supporters, proper?

At OL Park,

This November 11, 2022 will likely be etched within the historical past of Olympique Lyonnais for 2 causes. For an excellent half hour, the Dangerous Gones celebrated their thirty fifth anniversary on the Parc OL with an authentic idea: 4 tifos ready behind an enormous crimson theater curtain and unveiled in flip in entrance of 57,688 amazed spectators. Then Karim Benzema, the primary Ballon d’Or ever shaped on the membership, appeared on the garden to current his treasured in a demented environment. What a pity that between these two intense sequences, an intruder spoiled the social gathering: soccer.

OL Groupe’s Achilles’ heel because the final title obtained greater than ten years in the past (excluding the ladies’s part in fact), on the sidelines of the numerous successes of OL Vallée, its largest wave of browsing indoor of Europe, of the three live shows of Ed Sheeran chained in entrance of 163,706 followers, whereas ready for the inauguration for the tip of 2023 of the Enviornment pricey to Asvel and Tony Parker, this one was once more ruthless on Friday.

Cannot await the World Cup in Qatar?

Confronted with a common apathy from 11 Lyon akin to the defeat in Marseille (1-0) 5 days earlier, we needed to pinch ourselves to see {that a} shot heading in the right direction had lastly taken place within the 78th minute of play. OL lastly relied on a beneficiant whistle from Eric Wattellier, within the final moments of the match, to keep away from a sixth defeat in fifteen days, because of a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette (1-1 , eighth). Laurent Blanc’s gamers could also be 9 factors from a hypothetical qualifying place for the Europa League Convention on Sunday night. What lastly make Lyon supporters wish to swap to the World Cup in Qatar?

The White impact hoped for in Lyon after the successes in extremis in Montpellier (1-2) and in opposition to Losc (1-0) is in any case already now not related, with a steadiness sheet of seven factors out of 15 very ” Boszien” and no tangible proof of progress within the sport for a month. “The file is just not extraordinary, removed from it, concedes the previous PSG coach. But when we take OL’s 5 earlier matches [avec Peter Bosz], we are able to say that we’re making progress. There may be not an excellent offensive animation. There may be a lot nervousness in our offensive transmissions that the move doesn’t arrive on the proper time, in the best place. »

The annoyed face of Anthony Lopes, Friday against OGC Nice, sums up the first part of the season completely upside down for OL.
The irritated face of Anthony Lopes, Friday in opposition to OGC Good, sums up the primary a part of the season fully the wrong way up for OL. – OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE / AFP

In direction of “a clear sport id”?

Associates from Lyon, do not depend on Lolo White to provide you hope by way of the following winter switch window: “I feel we have to strengthen this group with a bit of expertise, however I am virtually sure that we’ll do the entire season with 90 % of present workforce. Even the prospect nearer than ever (in precept) to seeing John Textor formally in command of the membership from Thursday shouldn’t have a speedy affect on the sporting prospects of the seven-time French champion. The one participant from Lyon to talk to the press on Friday night, Anthony Lopes evokes with foresight this umpteenth zone of turbulence for ten years, as a month with out Ligue 1 begins for OL.

It is not with a wave of a magic wand that we will get our heads out of the water. We all know the place we’re fishing, since bodily, we aren’t on the high. You need to recharge your batteries after which come again with plenty of ambition. We could have time to work effectively, to have a sport id that should be particular to Olympique Lyonnais, to play. The coach has loads of concepts, however on this time-frame, it was too brief for him. »

We wish to imagine it, because the evils have lengthy been deep on this workforce and within the group chart of the membership, as Juninho identified on Tuesday on RMC Sport. It’s no coincidence that the companions of Alexandre Lacazette have systematically misplaced in opposition to the primary six groups in Ligue 1 because the begin of the season.

Curtain on the ambitions of a European qualification of OL, this season again?
Curtain on the ambitions of a European qualification of OL, this season once more? – Laurent Cipriani/AP/SIPA

“They actually had been as much as it”

As Karim Benzema recalled for the thirty seventh time that his return as a participant to his coaching membership was unthinkable, the one occasion that brings hope within the medium time period on the OL facet stays this ardour for turns, and even a spectacular enhance in attendance, with greater than 55,000 spectators in opposition to Losc and Good. “The supporters had been superb this night, agrees Laurent Blanc. They performed a hell of a match from the primary to the final minute. We’ve got to be like our supporters. »

An commentary that’s additional supported by Anthony Lopes, essentially the most extremely of Lyon gamers. “Them, they had been actually as much as it, he slips as effectively. This crimson veil worthy of a theater for the 35 years of Dangerous Gones, it was distinctive. When this stadium is in fusion, it’s magnificent. “Not leaving on the finish of the true spectacle of the night, particularly the lap of honor of KB9, was in itself a efficiency in view of the poor first interval of OL-OGC Good.

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