Lyon boss backs Memphis

Even though the club chief admitted the Netherlands international can sometimes cause frustration, he insisted that the winger needs nothing but love from the fans.

Lyon’s boss Jean-Michel Aulas believes that Memphis Depay needs love from the fans regardless of the fact that he can also be a source of frustration.

The winger appeared in the 72nd minute against Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 roud on Thursday and took no time to show both his best and his worst. While Memphis angered the home crowd with an unnecessary rabona cross that failed, he also made up for it by scoring the third goal in favour of Lyon, helping the team to a decent result against a strong opponent.

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“I told him we like him a lot. He’s a boy who needs love. He’s able to change a match at any time, like he did against Paris,” said the Lyon president, referencing Depay’s phenomenal 94th-minute winner against Paris Saint-Germain in January as quoted by Goal.

“He made amazing technical moves, some helping the club and the result, and sometimes frustrating us.

“With his technique, he brings things that have rarely been seen in Lyon. With his personality, we can only love him, even if sometimes he frustrates us.”

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