A derby win to keep OL's momentum going
As a first act, this showdown between two historic rivals also marked the starting point of a busy week for OL. It was essential for Bruno Genesio's players to be up to the challenge, both for reasons of historical rivalry but also because two other crucial games are just around the corner. A good dose of confidence does a lot of good given what's coming next. On Tuesday, Lyon host Manchester City looking to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage followed by a Saturday visit at Lille, a direct opponent for the top spots in Ligue 1 Conforama.
Friday's positive result in the derby sends a positive signal for the future. OL have maintained the winning momentum started a few weeks ago while at the same time putting themselves in the best possible conditions to tackle their upcoming challenges.
Undefeated in their last seven fixtures in all competitions, OL once again showed their resilience against Saint-Etienne, preserving a razor-slim lead despite going a man down in the second half. Notorious for conceding late goals, Les Gones have found defensive solidity in recent matches, staving off Guingamp's comeback attempt two weeks ago and then handling business against Les Verts. The first installment of this three-act series is now complete. The curtain closes for a short intermission. Up next: none other than Man City.