After Rennes OL: One way trip going first class!
The team's unbeaten streak was in jeopardy for a long time on Saturday night, and its status as leader as well. Bossed around and behind 2-0 with ten minutes to play by a Stade Rennais side determined to beat the team of the moment, OL showed the pride of a leader to turn the result around. Scorer then creator within the space of two minutes flat on Matchday 19, our captain Memphis once again showed the way for his team who never gave up hope of holding on to their honorary title of autumn champion!
It hadn't happened for over a decade - Jean-Michel Aulas’s club has taken the lead at the end of the first half of the league season for the very first time since 2008, the year they won their last French title. Thanks to being a point ahead of Paris and Lille, they have won this symbolic title for the seventh time in their history after those of 1962, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. It was nothing less than a small miracle after the very tough start to the season and one which was only made possible thanks to an impressive run of form.
Stuck in mid-table in September with just seven points from six matches, OL suddenly took off on October 18 in Strasbourg (2-3). The team is currently on the longest unbeaten run in the five major European leagues, 16 matches comprising ten wins and six draws. This Lyon side now have 40 points, which is their fourth best total at this stage of a league campaign. It's a performance that bodes well for the rest of the season.
MID-SEASON BY THE NUMBERS
1st place with 40 points
11 wins, 7 draws, 1 loss
39 goals scored (2nd best attack)
18 goals conceded (4th best attack)
21 points at home (2nd)
19 points away (1st)
16 matches unbeaten (best current run in the Big 5 leagues)