“It is not Superman both, Alexandre. We’re all delighted and we hope he’ll rating quite a lot of targets for us. However we’re additionally right here to place him in the very best situations in order that he performs above all, and that he doesn’t change into extra vital than he want to be. We may also have to guard him from that and never anticipate triplets or quadruplets”.
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However it’s clear that on returning to the Rhône, Lacazette recovered the costume he had left when leaving: that of scorer. Right here he’s with 8 achievements in 13 Ligue 1 matches, he who scored 4 of the 5 targets scored by OL within the three matches performed beneath Laurent Blanc.
Lacazette grew to become “Lagâchette” once more
In his final three seasons in Lyon earlier than flying to England – his three most profitable – the social gathering averaged one objective each 117 minutes. This season, he’s at one achievement each 140 minutes. In the meantime ? A objective each… 350 minutes final season (4 within the Premier League), and each 186 minutes all through his expertise at Arsenal. Lower than one achievement each two matches.
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The figures are evocative. The way in which too, that of a predator who has regained all his instincts. The objective of victory, final Sunday towards Lille (1-0) is an efficient instance, within the race and the sense of placement. “Put balls within the field and you will note that he’ll rating targets. You’ll be able to hint his profession, he’s a field participant”, additionally assured Laurent Blanc on the finish of the assembly.
It is laborious to show the ‘President’ fallacious after we look intimately at his striker’s achievements this season: all of them have been scored from contained in the penalty space, and solely two have required a couple of contact of ball – particularly two, every time – in Lorient then in Montpellier. Medical.
So there’s the Lacazette of Arsenal, and that of OL. However make no mistake: Lacazette doesn’t specific himself on this Lyon model 2022-2023 as within the one earlier than. Nabil Fekir, Memphis Depay and Mathieu Valbuena surrounded him throughout his final season earlier than crossing the Channel. Because the restoration, it’s roughly with Karl Toko-Ekambi and Tetê at first, then with Moussa Dembélé and Houssem Aouar for the reason that arrival of Blanc, that he should compose.
A duet removed from caricatural with Dembélé
The Rhone captain has misplaced none of his potential to win and take part within the recreation – he even touches extra balls on common this season than the earlier one – however for a very long time he appeared too remoted to mix along with his companions. With the previous Celtic Glasgow striker by his aspect and Aouar in assist, it is higher.
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However right here once more, we’re shifting away considerably from what was anticipated of his duet with Dembélé, lengthy claimed. Lacazette was to choose up and the previous Parisian to be on the end? In Rennes, it’s the reverse that we noticed on the opening of the Lyon rating, Dembélé choosing up and his buddy ending the work of the pinnacle. “I can decide up, put away or take the depth. It really works fairly nicely with Alex”, defined the latter on the microphone of Prime Video earlier than the assembly towards LOSC.
A Dembélé who has not scored since September 3, however who clears area for his companion: on Lacazette’s second objective in Brittany, the participant who handed via Atlético monopolized the eye of two central defenders on his name to the close to put up, inflicting Mandanda to err and permitting Lacazette extra freedom to complete as a fox.
A task within the shadows, whereas ready to regain his mojo in entrance of objective, which is nearly paying homage to that of a sure… Lacazette at Arsenal. In Lyon, the latter is not fairly the identical. However he grew to become the boss once more.
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