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ASSE–OL: All eyes turn towards the derby

Published on 18 January 2021 at 4:00 PM
ASSE – OL : Tous les regards tournés vers le derby
Unbeaten since mid-September, the Lyonnais lost this Sunday evening against Metz. After this setback, the time has come for a reset, and for the team to fully immerse itself in its preparations for the derby this weekend.

“It doesn't change the fact that we'll do anything to win this game. A derby is all the better because we want to get back to winning ways." There's no time to feel sorry for his team, or to procrastinate. A few minutes after the team's first real poor performance in a long time, against FC Metz (0-1), Rudi Garcia had already turned his focus to one of the two most anticipated matches of the season, the derby in Saint-Etienne. The manager did not dwell on the unfavorable facts of the match, nor was he worried about the lack of finishing on the part of his players on a night in which they failed to score, but in the same breath he certainly did not fail to call on his players to regain their focus this week with the aim of rectifying the situation on Sunday.

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Lyon don't really have a choice, for many reasons. Dropping five points in their last two games after losing only four of the previous 12, Memphis and his teammates dropped from top spot and are now two points behind. We will have to try to take advantage of the big matches between PSG and Montpellier and Rennes and Lille. More than the already very important stakes in terms of the table, the next match also offers the chance to assert their regional supremacy against theit historic rival, a motivation that must be more present than ever in this long period of playing behind closed doors… It will undoubtedly be uppermost in the minds of Jean-Michel Aulas' charges during this week of training before taking the pitch on Sunday in prime-time in the cold of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

 

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