Olympique Lyon are flying high in the Ligue 1 following back-to-back victories with the recent being a 6-0 desecration of Angers.
Lyon are definitely the team to watch in France. On Friday night, Les Gones, continued on their merry way following a convincing win over Angers. Houssam Aouar, Mousa Dembele, Memphis Depay and summer signing Jean Lucas were on the scoresheet in the club’s first game of the season.
The Lyon version of Sylvinho-Juninho is doing amazingly well. The first home game at the Groupama Stadium is the evidence of how far this team can go. Both men worked very hard throughout the summer and were able to put together a squad that could potentially challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title this season.
While they struggled for consistency last season, Lyon are proving to be quite a tough opponent this time around. Following a big win over Monaco on the opening day, the recent win over Angers means that the Rhone giants are on top of the league table and are yet to concede.
Sylvinho’s men were in great form against Angers which is a far cry from last season where they struggled against teams in the bottom half of the table. It is safe to say that Lyon have finally vanquished their old demons.
Already in great shape against AS Monaco, Depay and Dembele delivered a great performance. Les Gones didn’t take their time to get into the game and were creative from the beginning.
So good was the display that Angers head coach, Stephane Moulin couldn’t help but admire his opponents.
“I had already seen their game against Monaco, they only changed three players in their team but they mostly changed their mindset and that, it changes everything because when you have talent and you start working for the team, you become a very good team. That is what we have seen tonight,” said Moulin according to Goal.com.
“I have rarely seen Lyon playing imbalanced football. Everyone works hard. The three attackers who were there last year, were not involved in the same way last season. This does not stop them from scoring, to be dangerous and to be brilliant. But it brings a certain solidity to the collective so I think they give good competition to the Parisians this season.”
Indeed, Les Gones have been set up very nicely during the summer. With young Jean Lucas on board they now have an extra creative dimension which will make them forget about the departure of Nabil Fekir.
One has to raise the glass for Juninho who has worked even out of his capacity to ensure that the team he represented with aplomb for several years, becomes a genuine title contender. While they don’t have the financial muscle of PSG, Lyon have a great coaching staff backed by an excellent scouting network whose work can now be seen.
Every single player signed has been signed at a bargain and that is something unheard of. Clearly Lyon are going to be there and about when it comes to fighting for the Championnat this season.