Saturday, April 20, 2024

Even with their backs to the wall, the Lyonnais continue their comeback thanks to their “good game”


In Parc OL,

71% ball possession, a dozen clear chances wasted (hello Houssem Aouar) against an inspired Gauthier Gallon, but also Stephanie frappart very lenient with Karim Azamoum (15th) and Jimmy Giraudon (28th), who would have deserved expulsion… Wednesday, first period of this
OL-ESTAC (0-1) clearly felt the miss The Lyon side, following the opening goal of Xavier Chavalerin (trained in OL, while doing so) in the 45th minute. There was something to think about, three days after the cruel result of the
Turpingate at the Parc des Princes (2-1). Except that this version of Lyon of Peter Bosz did not go under for free, unlike, for example, his elimination under high tension in the French Cup, last season against Monaco (0-2), rebelled in its moment for strange decisions (there too) of Stéphanie Frappart.

“Before tonight’s game, we told each other that if they ever led us, we shouldn’t stop playing,” said Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta. That is what we applied and it allowed us to reverse the trend. “Carried by decisive recruits, with Wednesday’s opening goals from Xherdan Shaqiri (1-1, 48th) and Emerson (2-1, 72nd), the OL completely smothered the Trojans to fly to a crucial success after the stoppage against PSG “The defeat in Paris had a bitter taste because we had produced a good game, recalls Lucas Paqueta. Winning tonight gives us more confidence.”

Emerson is decisive with his “bad foot”

How could it be otherwise, given this 6th place three points behind OM (2nd), after four victories in the last five official matches, in all competitions. “There are many qualities in the team, believes the team that has just become European champions, Emerson, who scored a crucial second goal on his ‘bad foot’. Maybe he lacked a bit of confidence but the results are coming.”

Unsurprisingly, Peter Bosz focused more on his method than on the raw results he was looking for: “In games at the beginning of the season, we only created five or six great chances. Tonight, we already had so many in the first quarter of an hour. We lost to score in this first half. “

“We play better and better, we all see it”

Returning from the dressing room, Xherdan Shaqiri addressed this inefficiency after a brilliant opening from Bruno Guimaraes. “Peter asked us to play faster to derail Troyes’ defense, and that’s what happened in the second half,” Lucas Paqueta said. Even at 0-1 on Wednesday, the unwavering support of the turns heralded a form of osmosis unusual in Lyon between the team and the fans.

“We play better and better, we all see it,” he concludes. Peter bosz. And especially the fans of the curves, determined to accompany the virtual lap of honor of their team until the end of the evening. Rarely in OL’s history has a Ligue 1 matchup against Troyes seemed so funky. The Bosz effect can also be seen here.

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