It’s a long story, a story that repeats itself over and over. This season, Olympique Lyonnais is undoubtedly the all-round champion of irregularity and inconsistency. To the chagrin of his supporters, very happy to ignite after a wealthy performance, but often cooled very quickly by a failed performance. This permanent roller coaster phenomenon happened again this week. On Wednesday, in the first round of the 16th leg of the Europa League, the Gones signed a prestigious victory in Porto (0-1). This Sunday, on the other hand, they were disillusioned.
While Rennes’ reception could allow him to return – at least temporarily – to three points off the podium, OL failed. In great widths. At the end of a first fifteen minutes that was completely dominated by unleashed Bretons, the club of chairman Jean-Michel Aulas already showed a deficit (0-2). At halftime the gap was even bigger (0-3) and despite a slight reaction of pride when returning from the dressing room, the final score was final (2-4).
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Benjamin Bourigeaud scores during the OL – Rennes match in Ligue 1
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The Rennais beamed, but the Lyonnais helped them well
“They attacked us, they scored two goals that hurt us. We were under them today”admitted, clear, Romain Faivre at the microphone of Channel+† The Rennais, it’s true, were brilliant. However, it must be acknowledged that the Rhodaniens helped them a lot, such as Anthony Lopes’ huge ball leading to the 0-3 or, more generally, a lack of character which was necessarily worrying.
From his couch, Peter Bosz watched helplessly as his men were defeated. The Dutch coach tried a tactical move by switching to a three-man defense early in the second half, but Rouge et Noir’s fourth goal ruined his last hopes. “After that I saw my brave team, but it was too late. I have no explanation”, he breathed at a press conference. As if he was disillusioned with this situation and really had no solution.
A shot on target in this match is not good
“We played a good game at Porto, but it’s not the first time we don’t have a successor. the former coach of Ajax Amsterdam continued. I saw that my team had grown after the break and I really hoped that the game against Rennes would confirm us. It was very important to win.” The argument of the fatigue caused by the European campaign cannot stand, as the SRFC was on the bridge on Thursday, in Leicester (2-0). “We had more than 24 hours difference in our advantage on the recovery against our opponent. A shot on target in this match is not good”said Bosz.
Pending the match of Olympique de Marseille, which travels to Brest this Sunday evening, OL (10th) is 8 points behind in 3rd place, occupied by their opponent of the day. Ten days after the end, the stage is certainly not out of reach. However, he runs dangerously away. “For the podium? What do you want me to say? We’ll see at the end of the season. Mathematically it’s not over yet. You never know. It’s not my mentality to give up.”, the Lyon coach assured. We hope for him that his players are on the same wavelength.
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