After OL - Nantes : 23 years later, Nantes chose the wrong moment to break their streak!
On Friday 20 December 1996 at the Stade de Gerland, the Olympique Lyonnais of Pascal Olmeta and Ludovic Giuly faced the FC Nantes side of Mickaël Landreau and Eric Carrière. It was meeting that ended in a victory -- 1-0 -- to Nantes thanks to a goal by Christophe Le Roux late in the game. In that season, the teammates of Jocelyn Gourvennec finished third while OL finished 8th. That 23rd matchday of Ligue 1 day marked the last time Les Canaris had won in Lyon. Since then, it had been 14 wins and 3 draws for OL.
However, it is now two seasons running that Nantes have posed many problems for OL. At the end of last season, the Nantais had beaten Lyon on the 32nd day of the championship while the men of Bruno Genesio were fighting for 2nd place. The following morning, we headlined the website: "After FC Nantes - OL: when nothing goes right...". Here, today, then we can use the headline "After OL - Nantes: when nothing goes right ... Act 2". This Nantes victory marks a seventh straight game without a win for Sylvinho's protégés, who spoke for the first time using the term "crisis" after the match. These 22 years of solidity ended at the worst moment for Lyon who need to regain confidence before a complicated trip to Leipzig Wednesday in the Champions League and a derby against Saint-Étienne next Sunday.
OL will still be able to rely on some positive points like the performance of Fernando Marçal on his return or the good reaction from Lyon in the second half. Sylvinho emphasized in a post-match press conference, to regain confidence the club will have to score and be more clinical in front of goal