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After Nîmes-OL: Paqueta is again essential

Published on 18 May 2021 at 9:00 AM
Après Nîmes-OL : Paqueta l'incontournable
Lyon's form player as the end of the season aproaches is definitely Lucas Paqueta. He once again demonstrated his attacking abilities in the teams' 5-2 victory over Nîmes on Matchday 37 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats.

More decisive than ever at the end of the season, Lucas Paqueta now has 8 goals in 2021, the league's best total this season for a midfielder. His attacking efficiency is also reflected in the creative ability that allows him to put his teammates in the best situations as shown by the 5 assists he has in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in 2021 -- the Brazilian has been, simply put, omnipresent. Whether it is in recovering the ball or in keeping it he has excelled this season, confirming all of  the expectations placed on him after his arrival from AC Milan this summer for a fee of €20 million.

Playing further forward than Bruno Guimaraes and Maxence Caqueret in a three-man midfield against Nîmes, Lucas Paqueta was the first to sound the alarm for Lyon, having opened the scoring in Nîmes. He equalized in the 8th minute with a strike, pouncing after a poorly cleared ball by the opposing defense. A curling strike from Léo Dubois, saved by Baptiste Reynet would then allow our number 12 to find the net again, with a chest control and right-footed finish, bringing the score to 3-1. He would then round off his already impressive performance in the 55th minute of play with a one-touch assist for Houssem Aouar who would finish at close range. Involved in three goals in a league match for the first time in his career, the Brazilian was a fundamental element in the team's comfortable victory against Les Crocos. Indeed, his two goals and his assist allowed him to be logically named Lyon's player of the match.

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