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Les Gones look to build on derby success

Published on 22 January 2019 at 9:39 AM
Lendemain de derby : tous ensemble
With a Cup/Ligue 1 doubleheader set for this week against Amiens, as well as vital tests against PSG and Barcelona appearing on the horizon, OL's 2-1 comeback win at Saint-Etienne may have come at the perfect time.

Sunday's thrilling result, made possible thanks to Moussa Dembélé's stoppage-time header, gave OL their first Ligue 1 win of 2019 after starting the calendar year off with two draws. 

The victory also allowed Lyon to write another stellar chapter in their fierce rivalry with Saint-Etienne. Les Gones swept the derby season series for the sixth time (55/56, 71/72, 04/05, 06/07, 11/12 and now 18/19) continuing a trend of domination over their Rhone opponents since returning to the top flight in 1989: 25 OL victories, 17 draws and only eight defeats.


It goes without saying that this latest feat at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was made possible because of the technical, tactical and mental abilities of the Lyon squad. 


And with a Coupe de France/Ligue 1 double-header against Amiens set for this week (Thursday/Sunday) before returning to Groupama Stadium to host Paris, Guingamp and eventually Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16, Nabil Fekir and company hope these attributes only get stronger in the upcoming days and weeks...