Monday, October 26

Moving but victorious, is Lyon cured after its victory in Strasbourg?

Timo Kadewere opened the scoring for OL on Sunday at La Meinau. – Fréderick FLORIN / AFP

  • The Strasbourg residents made a good comeback but did not achieve a feat: Lyon won this Sunday at La Meinau (3-2).
  • This victory is good for the Rhone, who struggled lately and had taken only 7 points in 6 days.
  • But has OL so far removed all its doubts? “We managed to win this match, which announces good prospects”, wants to believe Karl Toko-Ekambi.

At the Meinau stadium,

Almost two months since this had not happened. OL finally won a Ligue 1 match on Sunday in Strasbourg. This is only his second victory of the season in the league, after that at the end of August against Dijon (4-1).

Would the Lyon machine finally be launched? The question deserves to be asked after a sometimes brilliant performance… but also a little worrying at the Meinau. Come on, first the positive! It is in the first 42 minutes of the match in Alsace. During this time, Rudi Garcia’s men managed to plant three goals. On similar actions: deep balloons very well exploited by the Rhone residents.

“That’s what we showed the players on the video. We knew there was room for quick attacks and behind the defense, ”reacts the coach of the recent semi-finalist of the Champions League. “That’s why this attack was aligned: in order to have technique and be complementary. “

The Kadewere-Depay-Toko-Ekambi trio (from right to left) found a perfect match. Well helped, it is true, by Strasbourg errors, like the ball from Kamara on the opening of the score of Kadewere (12th). But OL have also been able to rely on a talented player. The performance of Depay is here to be noted with three assists this Sunday and a valuable influence in the game. Even when his team had less the ball, after this famous 42nd minute.

Because Lyon did not achieve a full match in Alsace. “In the first half, we had the ball; in second, we were able to be strong and show two faces that will serve us this season ”, summarizes Karl Toko-Ekambi. The Cameroonian international, author of his first two goals of the season at Meinau (25th, 42nd), embellishes the picture a bit.

Even at 3-0, his team managed to scare each other. First by conceding the reduction in the score very quickly (Diallo, 43rd) then by seeing the Strasbourg residents return to the game shortly after half-time (Aholou, 55th). So, yes, the Lyonnais then had several opportunities to fold the case. But they did not succeed and the draw was not ruled out until the final whistle.

“This time, we scored”

“No, I don’t tell myself we’re doing well. The result is deserved, ”cut Rudi Garcia, who nevertheless regretted the lack of realism of his players at 3-2. But the technician wanted above all to be positive after this first positive result in nearly two months. Linked, according to him, to (finally) a little success in front of the goal. “I’m not sure we had a lot more situations than in previous games. Except this time, we scored. “

A speech also given by Karl Toko-Ekambi. “We were calm because we knew we had worked well since the start of the season. Unfortunately, we were a little unlucky, not rewarded. We managed to win this match, which announces good prospects. This will be checked against Monaco next Sunday, or in Lille on November 1st. So there, yes, we can say OL cured.

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