Painful healing. Olympique Lyon (OL) scored a painful 2-1 home win over rookie Ajaccio (ACA), Friday 5 August at Groupama Stadium, in the opening match of the new Ligue 1 season.
Like last season, the “Gones” team showed defensive and offensive shortcomings. Pre-season meetings have not completely dispelled doubts about the Lyon match, nor about Dutch coach Peter Boss’ ability to bounce back to lead the recovery process after a disappointing eighth place finish in L1 last spring, denying the club a European Cup.
The goalkeeper’s weaknesses were manifested in the logical exclusion of goalkeeper Anthony Lopez after a big mistake in the penalty area on Monem El Idrissi, after a complete and dangerous loss in half an hour. In particular, Thiago Mendes exceeded the speed of the Ajaccian striker while Thomas Mangani scored the penalty against Remy Rio, who played in place of Lopez.
“We were able to see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette”
While the workforce could still be called in for a changeover at the end of the transfer window at the end of August, with Houssam Aawar and Lucas Paqueta in particular likely to leave – any midfielders among the three who lined up on Friday for kick-off – the problem of the absence of a central defender could emerge. Professional and experienced.
At that time, the ACA reduced the difference (2-1), having conceded two logical goals against its dominance of Lyonnais and carried by Alexandre Lacazette who, after five years at Arsenal, was celebrating his return to the Groupama Stadium, which was his first scorer. On January 9, 2016 against Troyes (4-1).
After a pass from young Johan Lepinant, he, who trained at OL, was a deflection to Brazilian Tetê in the opening match on 11e min (1-0). Then the former Shakhtar Donetsk got a penalty for a foul from Cedric Avenel that allowed Lacazette to make it 2-0 (21)e) his 101e A goal with Lyon in the French League.
“We were able to see the importance of Alexandre Lacazette, the respect of the opponent for him, the support of the fans. It is a good thing, but he can do better.” Peter Boss analyzed after the meeting.
Blessing condition is barely 21 minutes
The state of grace lasted 21 minutes. Because after that, the Lyon match collapsed, allowing the ACA to return to the match, especially in the eleventh against the tenth until Romain Houmt, in turn, was dismissed from the second yellow card in time, an addition from the first period.
And even again, numerically tied in the tenth, Ajaccio was not in danger in the second half, and he failed to equalize by Riad Nouri, who took over the training of Mendes and forced Rio to intervene effectively (60).e).
“I am satisfied with the behavior of the team in general. Lyon has hindered us in building their game.Corsican coach Olivier Pantaloni confirmed despite the defeat. ” By playing Lyon against Lyon at the start, this match will reassure us and allow us to work with more strength and determination to get our first points.” Also encouraged.
For their part, OL proved unable in the second half to accelerate its attacks and only a duel was lost by Argentine Nicolas Tagliafico against goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy (63).e) and the work of Bradley Barcola (86 .).e) Created a threat to the island’s goal. The entry of Corentin Tolisso, who also returned to Lyon this summer after five seasons in Germany at Bayern Munich, changed nothing with a quarter of an hour left.
“In the head we take the penalty, the red and the goal. It’s different for our players who thought first of all not to score a second goal and maybe we fell back a lot. Judged by Peter Boss, who started his season better than last year when Lyonnais was scrutinized by Brest on the first day at home. But if OL makes their comeback in terms of accounts, they still have work to do.
Kylian Mbappé . Pack
We will have to wait a little longer before we see Kylian Mbappe back on the field. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, injured in close contact, lost to the trip to Clermont on Saturday in the Ligue 1 opening. “He will remain in care at the training center. A new point will appear in 72 hours.”club said. As happened in the Champions Cup, which she won over Nantes on Sunday 31 July (4-0), he must be replaced by the Spaniard Pablo Sarabia.