Taking advantage of the defensive largesse of his opponent, Lyon won with control in Nice (4-1), Saturday for the 16th day of Ligue 1, and moved to the top of the ranking while waiting for the shock at the top between Lille and Sunday. the Paris SG.
We can no longer stop the Lyon machine: if the winter transfer window does not disrupt this racing car which is currently being launched at full speed, Lyon will clearly be a candidate for the title. Thirteen seasons after having won his last French trophy, in 2008!
In Nice, Rudi Garcia’s team outclassed a Nice team that had been in decline for many weeks. OL made a seventh trip without defeat (five wins, two draws). With 33 points gleaned in 16 games, an attractive attacking game and a very coherent collective base, Lyon can undoubtedly play on an equal footing this season with Lille (2nd, 32 pts) or Paris SG (3rd, 31 pts). At the Allianz-Riviera, Lyon took advantage of the boulevards offered by the Azureans to gain the upper hand and never be worried again. The “Gym” paid dearly for its mistakes.
Stanley Nsoki’s avoidable foul on Tino Kadewere first ruined the Rouge et Noir’s good start to the match, and gave the Lyonnais a penalty. Memphis Depay gave himself a little pleasure to score his eighth goal in L1 this season and his “panenka” gave the advantage to his team (1-0, 32nd). Then Nsoki, decidedly the author of repeated bad choices, put his teammate Hicham Boudaoui in difficulty with an inappropriate pass of the head. The latter squarely launched Kadewere in depth and the ex-Havre was quick to beat Benitez, score his sixth goal of the season and seal the end of Nice hopes (2-0, 39th). Arranged in 3-4-3 without Morgan Schneiderlin suspended, or Jeff Reine-Adelaide who can not play against his lender club, Adrian Ursea’s men had yet mastered their opponents for half an hour.
Lyon fire attack
But Nice, which now has six consecutive defeats at home in all competitions (Ligue 1 and Europa League) and has not won at home in L1 for 77 days (2-1 against Nantes, on October 4), is completely at home. the reverse. So the nice goal from Amine Gouiri’s header on a good cross from Rony Lopes (2-1, 44th) did not even revive the OGCN. After the break, despite their goodwill, the Niçois have never jostled a Lyon in control. And capable of supersonic counters, as on the third base. Depay’s laser pass to Kadewere pierced the central defense. The Zimbabwean, altruistic at will, then gave a caviar to Karl Toko Ekambi (3-1, 64th). Houssem Aouar completed the picture: after a cross from Léo Dubois, he took advantage of Benitez’s big hand fault to seal the part (4-1, 73rd).
Now Garcia can quietly watch Lille and Paris SG do battle on Sunday. He already knows how his players will attack their next announced victim: it will be Nantes, another already injured game which will move between Rhône and Saône.
For Nice, however, the crisis is brewing. The club management will have to face up to their responsibilities during the break. And the reception of Lorient is of crucial importance …
Lyon’s objective “is to qualify for the Champions League,” Garcia says
Rudi Garcia (Lyon coach) : “I am very satisfied. Winning 4-1 on the road doesn’t happen that often. We knew Nice capable of losing balloons in front of its surface. Our first goal is on placed attack, the third against. We had to show solidarity and manage the centers well. The team was tactically smart. I have no regrets about the Nice goal. There is a great cross from Rony Lopes and a great goal from Gouiri. Even if we may miss a goal tomorrow night to stay first in the standings. Our goal is to qualify for the Champions League. Don’t worry about our ambition, it’s very strong“.
Léo Dubois (defender of Lyon): “It is a deserved victory. We have been strong collectively. In the first half we didn’t really have the ball, but we knew we could block Nice. We have been consistent with a compact block which collects the balloons where it is needed and which projects quickly. We had decided to leave the ball behind for them a bit. In the event of adverse errors, that would leave us more space. We have mastered this system well prepared for training, it is significant to be first today. Tomorrow we will see. We are all very happy to be here. I would like to be first again at the break. The club’s goal is to finish in the top three“.
Adrian Ursea (Nice coach, beaten 4-1 at home by Lyon): “Everyone saw what happened: we gave three gifts. It’s obviously frustrating, especially since we have also done some interesting things in front of this great Lyon team. In our situation, the pressure is negative and sometimes pulls you back. I prefer to keep only the positive things so that I can help the team move forward. We knew OL were terribly effective against, we had studied it. It was the third goal that changed the game. We were on the attack, a hesitation of two seconds changes everything. I’m not going to overwhelm Stanley (Nsoki at the origin of the penalty, Editor’s note). He is not the only one. I’m not here to complain but I don’t have 36,000 solutions. Our defense is in trouble when there are a lot of spaces. But all defenses are under these circumstances“.
Tino Kadewere (Lyon striker): “We understand each other on the pitch, when we play together. We play a lot of very good matches but this is only the start of the season, we need to work more to finish the championship with a lot of points and find the Champions League again. For me, I’m happy, I play with very good teammates, in a very good team. We will continue like this. (On his adaptation to Lyon) I had a very good season last year with Le Havre but when I arrived here, I found some very good teammates who work with me all the time, we talk a lot. This explains why I adapted very quickly. If you play with players like my teammates, it’s wonderful, we have a lot of very strong players, everyone wants to play, we have a very good team. It’s good for me, it’s going very well and I will try to continue like this and work for the team and for me.”
Marcelo (Lyon defender): “Frankly, we have shown this evening that when we play together, with concentration, things work very well. I’m happy with the victory, it was wonderful tonight to continue our start to the season. We will play at home a last match (in 2020) against Nantes, I hope we can also win (…) The most important thing is that we won this match and that we do not take goal behind. I’m a defender, my job is behind, and I’m happy for our friends who scored tonight. For a team like Olympique Lyonnais, that’s how it is, we will play all matches to win. (On Lille-Paris SG on Sunday) We will watch, we will see what will happen, I hope for a draw, perhaps. And then we can take advantage of the first place.“