Could do better!
Without talking about professional obligation, OL really should have done better against Caen! Sleeping through the first 45 minutes… and underperforming for 90… Final result: a loss... and a sending off: Hugo Lloris… and the feeling that the seven-time French champions could have still come away with a win if they'd negotiated three or four promising chances more successfully.
Yes, the OL players were tired. Yes, they were without the indispensable Kim Källström at kick-off, Lovren and Grenier needed resting; and that's without the longer-term absentees in Cris, Gourcuff, Lisandro and Ederson. The starting XI had a new-look with three new players (Dabo, Fofana, Mensah) from the one that started against OM.
But was putting Bastos in the middle behind Gomis, or Dabo on the left-flank in front of Cissokho really the right solution given that they're not the players usual positions? Didn't these factors have a negative effect on the team's performance? Didn't things look better when Belfodil came on in the middle and Bastos returned to the left?
One loss in ten matches is not a crisis. We all knew that OL would lose one day, but we would have preferred it happen in different circumstances. In hosting Bordeaux in three days time, we'll get a good look at this team's ability to bounce back and whether or not Rémi Garde has a few more options to choose from in naming his starting XI...