Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has defended the squad following their 1-1 draw against Montpellier and has expressed his confidence in the potential that they have
In Sunday’s Ligue 1 game at La Mosson stadium, Lyon found themselves a goal down early on due to a Isaac Mbenza strike in the seventh minute. Despite this, the visitors emerged as the dominant side and put a lot of pressure on the hosts, until Mariano finally found the back of the net, in the 58th minute of the match, to give both sides a share of the points.
Aulas, who was not present at the match, defended the criticism that had been directed towards his side of late and pointed out the strong overall performance Lyon gave.
“ It is always difficult to take things away from watching matches on television because there is no emotional relationship with the group. There is less of a tendency to take into account the facts of the game. The weather conditions were difficult. We made two errors in the lead-up to the goal. Overall, there are more good things to take away than bad ones. I read things in the local papers that I didn’t like.” said Aulas, according to the club website.
The Frenchman revealed that there has been a big investment in youth at the squad lately and has urged the fans to remain patient, as Lyon bid to recover from it’s recent slump in form.
“OL have made a big investment in young players. We are still qualified in the Europa League, which is our main objective. Losing in Caen was of course disappointing, but it can not be analyzed as a poor performance. In cup matches, the home team always has an advantage. The group did not deserve this avalanche of excessive judgement. I liked the reaction that I saw today. The difference between a draw and a win is minimal. The pundits, especially the local ones, have disappointed me … You have to be patient. We still have a lot of matches left, including against Marseille. The players and the coach are doing a good job. If this weren’t the case, I would say so. I remain confident in the ability of this team to reach our goals. “