OL-Rangers : Gaining momentum
At kickoff, Rudi Garcia had decided to pick a fairly new team with in particular Ciprian Tatarusanu in goal, Melvin Bard on the left side of defense, Jean Lucas in the midfield and Karl Toko -Ekambi leading the line, a position he has played relatively little since his arrival last January. It seemed a very good initiative, this turnover of players, which seemed to pay off: from the first minutes, OL played well, pressing high and showing great technical precision. Against the run of play, Rangers would score the first goal (0-1, 20 ’) before driving the point home (0-2, 25’). Stunned, Les Gones would not be able to catch up despite the sending off of Ryan Kent in the first period (39 ’).
The advantage of friendlies is being able to do a large review of the squad with an unlimited number of changes available. Thus, Rudi Garcia made a first wave of changes at the start of the second half (introducing Kenny Tete, Jason Denayer, Sinaly Diomande, Youssouf Koné, Bruno Guimaraes and Tino Kadewere) but it was especially the second, in the 72nd minute of play, which gave reasons for hope. Memphis, Moussa Dembélé and Houssem Aouar come on and their impact was immediate. Uninspired in attack since the first fifteen minutes of play, the three technical leaders brought their desire and their accuracy and allowed OL to have a second wind by obtaining several clear chances (80 ', 83', 85 ', 86 ').
These efforts were not enough to turn the tide, but seeing these three restless and inspired figures gives guarantees to Rudi Garcia on things continuing to improve, in particular in the case of Memphis who is finding his feet more and more. The three of them have combined for 45 goals and 15 assists this season. The match against Celtic Glasgow will allow them to continue their rise just a few days before the final of the Coupe de la Ligue against PSG (July 31). The end of OL’s season depends on it as these three players have again shown their importance in this team.