At Olympique Lyonnais (OL), the revival with Laurent Blanc is beginning to take shape. The Lyonnais snatched a second consecutive victory in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening, against Lille. If the Mastiffs dominated this meeting, the Gones were much more realistic and offered their first home victory since their match on September 3, during the sixth day, against Angers (5-0).
On the other hand, it is a setback for LOSC, which had won its last three duels. True to their philosophy of play, the Mastiffs multiplied the chances, especially in the first period, through Jonathan David. The Northerners almost monopolized the ball by dominating the midfield battle, while the Lyonnais struggled to find their attackers. But the Gones did not crack, and completely reversed the scenario when they returned from the locker room.
“We really suffered”
The technical waste then went from the Lyon camp to the Lille camp. OL’s tactical readjustment, with the switch to a four-man defense and the entry of Johann Lepenant into midfield, allowed Blanc’s men to bring danger into the Lille camp. “In the first half, they were better than us in the use of the ball, and we had to make changes to improve in this area of play. We had to do it because we were really suffering”, justified Laurent Blanc at the microphone of Amazon Prime Video. Much more consistent in the midfield, Les Gones saw their efforts rewarded with a goal from Alexandre Lacazette, eight years to the day after his first goal in the Lyon jersey, against Sochaux, in 2014.
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Jostled, the Mastiffs reacted by trying their luck against Lopes’ goal, but they were too soft, while the Portuguese OL goalkeeper made a few decisive saves. “It’s hard to accept, we have chances but we haven’t been fair in the last passes. We concede a goal, we are not concentrated and we lose this match like that. In the first period, we have two, three chances and in the second period we must score at least one goal.reacted the captain of Lille, Jose Fonte, at the end of the meeting.
Thanks to this success, OL put an end to a series of six games without a win against LOSC at Groupama Stadium. Above all, he carried out a great operation by moving up, in the Ligue 1 classification, to two small points behind their evening opponent. The Lyonnais are in eighth position and are now on the heels of Lille (7e).