Lyon invested heavily in the transfer market this summer with the goal of ending PSG’s dominance but things haven’t gone to plan.
After a good first impression early on in the Ligue 1, Olympique Lyon are now going through a period of extreme turbulence. Sylvinho’s men started the season with two thumping wins over the likes of AS Monaco and Angers.
Since then, goals and wins have tried up as Les Gones struggle to mount a serious assault for the Championnat. Many expected the team to put pressure on PSG this season following an excellent summer transfer window which saw some really great acquisitions.
As the league matures, worries are becoming bigger for Lyon!
Both collectively and individually, mistakes are being made and the team lacks a lot of things. The manner of Sunday night’s defeat at the hands of PSG has plunged the residents of Groupama Stadium into further doubt.
Is this the team that is finally going to end PSG’s era of dominance in France?
Many wanted Les Gones to be that team but it appears that the road isn’t an easy one. After being held to a 1-1 draw against Zenit St Petersburg on the first day of the Champions League, Lyon needed to do well against Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Granted the game was going to be a tough one but PSG were missing the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. Those two absences were big ones but the home team simply didn’t take advantage of the situation.
It was a bad night out for Lyon who did not have any shots on targets. And when Neymar scored late on, the Rhone giants remained out of ideas and struggled to create the sort of scoring opportunities they are capable of.
As things stand, Lyonnais are in 9th place in the Ligue 1 Conforama standings and have 8 points on the board.
Eight points after six games is definitely not the sort of output Jean-Michel Aulas was looking for when he put Sylvinho and Juninho in charge of the team’s affairs.
But then again, you cannot completely put the blame on the coaching staff given the fact that they are dealing with a very young group of players.
While alarm bells aren’t ringing, Sylvinho and co. should be worried about falling further behind the league standings.
Next up, the Rhone giants face Stade Brestois on Wednesday before hosting Nantes. Both games are pretty much winnable for the Ligue 1 giants but in order to ensure that they do return to winning ways, a change in attitude is in order.
From now on, Lyon must be playing every game to win it. There is already a lot of distance between them and teams in the top three places so more hiccups cannot be afforded. The likes of Moussa Dembele, Memphis Depay and others are expected to rise to the occasion.
While they didn’t do so on Sunday night, the talent Lyon has in the squad urges the team to put the disappointing last few weeks behind them and start afresh.