A painful recovery. Olympique Lyonnais (OL) painfully won 2-1 at home at the expense of promoted Ajaccio (ACA), on Friday, August 5, at the Groupama stadium, in the opening match of the new Ligue 1 season.
Like last season, the ‘Gones’ showed deficiencies both defensively and offensively. The pre-season meetings had not completely dispelled doubts about Lyon’s play, nor about Dutch coach Peter Bosz’s rebounding ability to lead the recovery operation after a disappointing eighth place finish in L1 last spring, depriving the club of the European Cup.
The weaknesses of the rearguard were symbolized by the logical exclusion of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after a serious foul in the area on Mounaïm El Idrissy, after a completely unsuccessful and dangerous start after half an hour. Thiago Mendes, in particular, was outpaced by the speed of the Ajaccien striker while Thomas Mangani converted the penalty against Rémy Riou, who came on in place of Lopes.
“We could see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette”
While the squad may still need to change at the end of the transfer window at the end of August, with the possible departures of Houssem Aouar and Lucas Paquetà in particular, meaning two midfielders out of the three lined up on Friday on kick-off. , the problem of the absence of a professional and experienced centre-back could well arise.
At that time, the ACA reduced the distance (2-1), after logically conceding two goals against the dominating Lyonnais and led by Alexandre Lacazette who was celebrating, after five years at Arsenal, his return to the Groupama stadium of which he was the first goal scorer. on January 9, 2016 against Troyes (4-1).
After a pass from the young Johann Lepenant, it was he, trained at OL, who served as a deflection to the Brazilian Tetê for the opening goal in the 11thme minutes (1-0). The former Shakhtar Donetsk then earned a penalty for a Cédric Avinel foul that allowed Lacazette to make it 2-0 on the scoreboard (21me) for his 101me Goal with Lyon in Ligue 1.
“We could see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette, the respect of the opponent for him, the support of the fans. It’s a good thing, but he can do better.” Peter Bosz analyzed after the match.
A state of grace of just 21 minutes
The state of grace lasted 21 minutes. Because from then on, the Lyon game fell apart, which allowed the ACA to get back into the game, especially in eleven against ten until Romain Hamouma was sent off in turn for a second yellow card in added time of the game. first time.
And even numerically tied at ten again, Ajaccio were not threatened in the second half, and failed to equalize by Riad Nouri who took over from Mendes forcing Riou to intervene effectively (60me).
“I am satisfied with the behavior of the team in general. We hindered Lyon in building their game.Corsican coach Olivier Pantaloni stressed, despite the defeat. ” Playing Lyon against Lyon to start with, this match will calm us down and allow us to work harder and more determinedly to get our first points.” also encouraged.
For its part, OL was unable in the second half to set the pace in its offenses and only lost a duel by the Argentine Nicolás Tagliafico against the goalkeeper Benjamín Leroy (63me) and one share of Bradley Barcola (86me) created danger in the island goal. The entry of Corentin Tolisso, also back at Lyon this summer after five seasons in Germany at Bayern Munich, has changed nothing a quarter of an hour from the end.
“With a header we collect the penalty, the red card and the goal. And in the head it is different for our players who above all thought about not scoring a second goal and we may have backed down a bit. judged Peter Bosz, who, however, started his season better than last year when Lyonnais were controlled by Brest on the first day at home. But if OL has been successful in making a comeback in terms of accounts, they still have work to do.
Kylian Mbappé package
We will have to wait a little longer before we see Kylian Mbappé return to the pitch. The PSG striker, injured in the adductors, will miss the trip to Clermont, on Saturday at the opening of Ligue 1. He “He will remain under care at the training center. A new point will be made in 72 hours”the club said. As in the Champions Trophy, won against Nantes on Sunday July 31 (4-0), he will have to be replaced by the Spanish Pablo Sarabia.
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