Training: Lyon (and Sam Umtiti) back at the Groupama OL Training Centre
Just a few hours after the New Year's Eve festivities, it was already time for the Lyon players to get back onto the pitch at the training centre in Décines. The first session of 2017 took place in front of about 100 die-hard fans who braved the dry cold to encourage their team. A rather special spectator was also in attendance...
Premier entrainement de l'année 2017 ! pic.twitter.com/6hdeMAyikp— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) 1 janvier 2017
The Lyon squad hosted the visit of one of their old boys. Samuel Umtiti, the player developed at OL and who transferred to FC Barcelona last summer, took advantage of New Year's Day to take a look around the Groupama OL Training Centre. He had a good talk with coach Bruno Genesio about OL's start to the season, that of Barcelona and about his adjusting to La Liga, as well as about the difference in weather between Lyon and Barcelona.
Under the gaze of their old teammate, the Lyon players, who were without Rachid Ghezzal, Nicolas Nkoulou and Corentin Tolisso, jogged for twenty minutes around before putting their boots on to get back onto the ball with some control practice, some passing and some juggling. The intensity will be stepped up a notch tomorrow with a session set to take place in the morning.