Can OL be confident of their best start to a season in ten years?

Can OL be confident of their best start to a season in ten years?

In OL Park,

Alexandre Lacazette was nothing more than a promising right winger and the legendary Lisandro López was entering his final season at the Rhône. It was during this summer of 2012 that Olympique Lyonnais achieved for the last time to accumulate 10 points in their first four Ligue 1 games. And this until Wednesday night, when Mateus Tetê and Karl Toko Ekambi allowed OL to beat AJ Auxerre (2-1) to regain the Top 4 of the championship, with three successes and one draw, as well as one game behind their direct competitors in the race for the podium.

In 2013, Rémi Garde’s men finished their season in third place, which had not happened to Lyonnais since 2019. After a difficult first year away from the club’s goals (8th), Peter Bosz So this time he really put to your group on the right. track to finally find the Champions League? “Today we saw another OL compared to the match in Reims (1-1). The match was much better, we had a lot of movement”, enthuses the Dutch coach, who even mentioned “a benchmark match at the start of the season”.

Cherki’s two quick corner could have been expensive

Even if Lyon obviously proved to be much less apathetic than on Sunday at the Marne (20 shots to 6 against AJA), this analysis must be qualified. Without Rémy Riou’s save against Gaëtan Perrin (2-1, 90th), the promoted Burgundian, who had left several important players on the bench at kick-off, would also have returned a point to Parc OL. “I am moderately satisfied because at the end of the game we had to stay behind and manage more, but we wanted to score more goals,” summarizes Malo Gusto.

Despite the confidence gained at home against AC Ajaccio (2-1) and Troyes (4-1), this team played again to scare themselves during the last quarter of an hour on Wednesday. The resounding illustration came in the 80th minute, in a corner… in favor of OL. Although he offered a decisive first-intention cross to Karl Toko Ekambi on the previous set piece (2-0, 72nd), Rayan Cherki took the option to play it quickly with two this time. Losing bet, as the ball then flies to Johann Lepenant, who has almost no choice, under pressure, but to attempt a 20m shot at the axis.

“We put ourselves in a little danger on our own”

His blocked shot benefits former Lyonnais Gaëtan Perrin, who is going to play a 60m supersonic counterattack model with Mathias Autret at the end, facing Nicolas Tagliafico alone. How can a group that is quietly winning 2-0 with 10 minutes to go, with a corner kick in their favor, seriously get into a 1v2 situation in seconds? “We have strict organizations and after Johann was shot, everything was open, so we were poorly organized,” acknowledges Peter Bosz. We controlled the game for 80 minutes but it is true that in the last 10 minutes it was hot. “We put ourselves in a bit of danger on our own,” confirms Rémy Riou, who finished his interim on Wednesday with a beautiful reflex break, linked to the three-game suspension of Anthony Lopes. Deprived of the European Cup, OL will continue its very affordable course with its starting goalkeeper against teams launched in the race to keep, between Angers on Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Lorient four days later.

“Yes, we must not forget that we have already played three times at home and that we have not faced the teams that may be at the top of the table at the end of the season,” confirms Peter Bosz. But at the same time, last season, we lost a lot of points against opponents like that. Difficult to deny him, since Lyonnais only added 5 points at a time during the summer of 2021, at the cost of draws conceded at home against Brest (1-1) and Clermont (3-3), as well as a blow in Angers (3 -0). This OL now orphaned by Lucas Paquetá will have something to fix at his true level starting next week, between two trips to Monaco and Lens, as well as the reception of the Parisian ogre.

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