After Nîmes - OL : A succesful debut for Melvin Bard
OL led by a goal when returning to the locker room at the break in the 17th matchday in Ligue 1 Conforama. Yes, Lyon had a numerical superiority, eleven against nine at the start of the second half of this match against Nîmes. But it was still necessary to show some guile for a young player making his debut in the professional game in a boiling atmosphere at the Stade des Costières as the second period started. It was in just such an atmosphere, one that could not be more torrid, that Melvin Bard, an academy product through and through, took his first steps for the first team.
The young OL defender, born in the year 2000 generation, replaced Rafael, injured and forced off at half-time of this match, with a coolness that characterized his entry into the world of the elite. Positioned at left-back, he is also able to play in central defense, and the native of Ecully was solid in a very committed battle that OL finally won by the score of 0-4, thanks to a double by the captain Memphis Depay (pen 16 ', 0-1 and 64', 0-2), decisive upon his return, a goal by Houssem Aouar (71 ', 0-3), another returnee, and a final tally by Joachim Andersen (79 ', 0-4), which punctuated the match for Rudi Garcia's men.
Melvin Bard après son premier match avec la #TeamOL lors de #NOOL : « C’est une grande fierté d’avoir jouer aujourd’hui. J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir. J’ai été un peu stressé et puis je me suis libéré petit à petit. Ce n’est que le début. Il faut continuer. » pic.twitter.com/l5T9VscT6h— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) December 6, 2019
The Lyon coach, also without Fernando Marçal, suspended, and forced to do without Youssouf Koné and Léo Dubois, who were both injured, was also satisfied with the impression offered by the French U20 international, who has become the third player from the OL training center, after Rayan Cherki and Maxence Caqueret, to have played with the first team this season. Bard, who expressed his "pride" and said he had "a lot of fun" during this match despite some stress just before coming on, became Friday night the 537th player of the history of OL. The beginnings of a new adventure ...