Olympique Lyonnais

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2019/2020

Olympique Lyonnais

In


Joachim Andersen (def) (Sampdoria); Thiago Mendes (mid) (Lille); Youssouf Kone (def) (Lille); Jean Lucas (mid) (Flamengo); Ciprian Tatarusanu (gk) (Nantes); Boubacar Fofana (att) (Gazelec Ajaccio)

Out


Tanguy Ndombele (r)(mid) (Tottenham); Ferland Mendy (r)(def) (Real Madrid); Nabil Fekir (k)(att) (Betis); Christopher Martins Pereira (mid) (Young Boys); Jordan Ferri (sp)(mid) (Montpellier), Elisha Owusu (mid) (Gent); Olivier Kemen (mid) (Servette); Mathieu Gorgelin (sp)(gk) (Le Havre); Jeremy Morel (sp)(def) (Rennes)

After a relatively disappointing 2018-19 campaign, in which there was a sentiment of underachievement, Lyon will begin a new era, with new faces at the top and new leaders on the field. At boardroom level, Juninho has been appointed as the director of football and has appointed former Brazil assistant boss Sylvinho into the head coach role – the first he has occupied at club level. On the field, meanwhile, Lyon have once again turned in a big profit on the transfer market, selling three undisputed starters in the form of Tanguy Ndombele, Ferland Mendy and Nabil Fekir – the latter going surprisingly to Betis for a relatively paltry €20m. It has been the sale of Ndombele that has really funded OL’s summer, with centre-back Joachim Andersen, midfielders Thiago Mendes and Jean Lucas and left-back Youssouf Kone the major arrivals to bolster the first team. Ciprian Tatarusanu, who impressed with Nantes, has arrived to provide competition in goal – perhaps even a long-term replacement to Anthony Lopes, whose contract is up next summer. Lyon’s challenge last season was a lack of consistency rather than any dearth of quality, and that will be what they have to overcome this time around. This was particularly evident in the defence, where Andersen is expected to plug a gap in its centre along with Jason Denayer. They will switch to a 4-3-3 formation under Sylvinho and are expected to play in a style influence by Tite’s Brazil side. That means they will likely play at a high intensity and with a significant press. For that reason, releasing Fekir, who is a natural No.10, was a move that made sense. As such, this is Houssem Aouar’s time to shine. In attack, there is no lack of quality, with Memphis Depay, Maxwel Cornet, Martin Terrier, who may start slowly due to pre-season fitness issues, and Bertrand Traore likely to be vying for the wide roles. Moussa Dembele is their best goal scorer but has struggled to hold down a starting berth in the year he has been at the club, though after scoring twice in a recent friendly win over Arsenal has a key role to play.

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Lyon’s goal should be to finish second.

Season Review
2018/2019

№3: Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon endured a frustrating Ligue 1 campaign but finished third and will receive automatic entry into the Champions League group stages if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League final. However, there is a sense of underachievement at Parc OL as they never got close to PSG in the league, despite showing themselves a highly capable outfit at their best. Wins over Manchester City and PSG over the course of the campaign showed what they are capable of, though these were interspersed by random defeats against lesser opponents, generally caused by individual lapses in concentration. While Lyon were very capable going forward, they were not always consistent in their efforts. They had several different sources who could score goals, yet none was as potent as Moussa Dembele. One of the strange decisions that frustrated fans from head coach Bruno Genesio was that more use was not made of the centre forward. Beyond him, Memphis Depay and Nabil Fekir had slightly underwhelming seasons given their reputations, while Martin Terrier started slowly after his summer arrival from Lille but ended very well, offering hope for the future. Tanguy Ndombele was excellent in the heart of the midfield throughout, and finished playing alongside Houssem Aouar, who did not kick on quite as much as expected. The defence was the chief area of concern, particularly its heart. Jason Denayer proved an excellent addition but Marcelo was somewhat error prone. Leo Dubois was another strong addition at right-back, while an injury to Ferland Mendy curtailed his season somewhat and left Lyon wanting his attacking qualities down that flank. This was a strong squad and the question hovered as to whether best use was made of it. Ultimately, the answer from the board was no, with Genesio allowed to leave at the end of his contract, having also seen his side fall frustratingly short in the cup competitions. A couple of key players are set to leave over the summer and a new strategy implemented by sporting director Juninho and head coach Sylvinho. Lyon are expected to get close to PSG next time around.


Player of the Season: Tanguy Ndombele

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