Call that mimicry. Or boredom. Or the result of too many hot then cold showers. Anyway, I can't
help but feel exactly like OL in Toulouse : uninspired. Yes, there is a game tonight, and
mathematically there is still a chance to end up on the third spot; but Lille have got their
superpowers back, and QSG will do their best not to be ridiculed by seemingly unstoppable
Montpellier and their budget that is barely one fifth of theirs.
Where the Lionceaux (the cubs) meet Lyon... This saturday, the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard,
unbeaten in three matches, hosts the Olympique Lyonnais, currently fourth before this 27th day of
Ligue 1. The Lyonnais have the opportunity to overtake Marseille and reach the third step of the
podium, getting closer (at 1 point distance) to the leader, Lille, until they play on sunday, and
to Rennes who lost to Marseille (2-0).
Against Caen today, Lyon will compete in the 217th Coupe de France match in its history. So this
little known competition goes a long way, and few people know that the Football Club de Lyon played
in 1917 already in the final of the very first edition of this competition, against Olympique .. de
Pantin (a Paris suburb).
July 24, 2010
Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
After losing 2-0 in Portugal last weekend, OL head to southern Italy to play the third friendly
of the pre-season against Serie A giants Juventus. Claude Puel will continue a balancing act,
continuing to juggle the use of his first teamers with the CFAs due to a few injuries and the
continued abscence of the International players who still are not up to match fitness following
their returns from holiday.
This July has had to have been the slowest transfer month in OL history, but have no fear: JMA
says that things will definetly pick-up soon. Aulas says that he wants the squad to be trimmed down
to twenty-five players from the current twenty-eight, so that will mean at least four to five
players will have to leave: Boumsong, Kallstrom, Anderson, Mensah, and
Piquionne being the prime candidates for departure.
Well, the last two weeks have been dead slow interms of transfer gossip, either incoming or
outgoing. The only solid news we have is that JMA has come out setting a low transfer cap for the
summer, and Puel echoing that statement by setting another cap, this one in the form of the maximum
number of players that will be recruited, four at the most.
After a hell of a ride, tonight's emotional rollercoaster has finally taken us where we
In a thrilling game upon which millions of eyes were fixed, we finally got to see what guts
these players, and Puel as well, have. A hard fought come back, a real fighting spirit, combined to
choices we didn't know Puel was capable of, kept us on track for the Champions League.
November 8, 2009
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
3:00 EST (21:00CET, 20:00GMT)
Sunday evening it's back to work. But hopefully, it's not one of those usual Monday morning,
sloping, sluggish, I need a liter of coffee to get through the day, back to works, because aside
from the heart wrenching matches against Cesspool in the CL, Lyon have been afflicted with a
general malaise probably since week eight in the PSG match, and need this victory to put some pep
back in their step.
Just when you thought the door of the Lyon's transfer season had been locked until December- at
least if you believe Puel- with the arrival Bafetimbi Gomis, OL still have some
unfinished business to attend to, though it's all "out-bound" traffic, in their minds that is.
Really, Puel needs to have his head examined: his minimalist approach to recruiting is really
irking the crap-out-of-me.
One derby down, one to go. Sunday Lyon will be traveling to Le Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to
take on A.S. St. Etienne in the second derby of the season. This is the 96th derby the two teams
have participated in. After having handled Grenoble Foot 38 in the first derby, Lyon will have to
contend with a St.
A new coach, several new players, new tactical systems...so I figured it was time for another
team building exercise.
I can't resist this picture. It's Lyon to a T.
Between friendlies and the first few competitive games, we've gotten a vague idea about the kind
of team Puel wants to form - tactically organized, defensively solid, players sticking to their
roles (as opposed to last season, where players would be out of position all the time).
The magnificent Allianz Arena is the stage for tomorrow's first leg Champions League semi final
tie between 4 time winners Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyon. This will be Bayern's 13th appearance
at this stage of the competition and the Germans will be looking to crown it with a win.
It does not take a genius to know that Bayern are the favourites to win the match.
And epic first week to the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, epic matches that
showcase some fantastic young talents. Not only this, but the first leg of Europa League round of
16 ended with some interesting results...
Europa League 1st leg results:
Juventus get a 3-1 win against Fulham, but Roy Hodgson's side has a crucial away goal.