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Rudi Garcia, the right call made by Lyon

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Olympique Lyon have decided to replace Sylvinho with Rudi Garcia and though fans aren’t huge fans, the former Lille man may turn the tide.

At his presentation conference, Rudi Garcia showcased the qualities of a manager who is eager to do well rather than be known as the coach of a team that wants to change the Ligue 1 football scenery.

“I’m here because OL is one of the best clubs in France and also regularly in the European scene,” said that one time Ligue 1 winner.

Currently stuck in 14th place in the league standings, Garcia’s first task would be to add more consistency into what is definitely a talented group of players. Under Sylvinho, the overall gameplay was a little too measured at times and the team’s attacking talents felt stifled.

The same cannot be expected of Rudi Garcia who is one of the most attack-minded coaches you will ever come across in Europe.

The French tactician is already aware of the fact that the team needs to play an attacking brand of football, something that has always worked in Lyon’s favor over the years.

However, it should not be ignored that Rudi Garcia never really gave a good impression to the club’s fans. The Rhone giant’s fans might never forget the many skirmishes between their new coach and their club.

Just five months after announcing his departure from Olympique de Marseille, Rudi Garcia knows that he will be in for a tough few weeks at Lyon where fans can be very unforgiving.

During his last three years of coaching Les Phoceens, Garcia really created quite the rivalry with Lyon and even made his feelings known ahead of matches between the two clubs.

Last season, while still at the helm of affairs at Stade Velodrome, even hinted publically that Lyon get a lot of favors from match officials.

The many issues between Rudi Garcia and Lyon during the 2017/18 campaign are one of the main reasons why the club’s fans have not accepted the former Lille man right away.

However, one has to take a step back and look at the choice made by Juninho. The Brazilian has been entrusted with getting the job done for his beloved club and would never have signed Rudi Garcia had he not believed it to be the right call.

While he may not be an average Lyon fans cup of tea, the former AS Roma manager is one of the most shrewd tacticians in the league. The Frenchman likes his teams to express themselves on the pitch. While they have been pretty much solid defensively, it is the attacking part of the game that has resulted in Lyon fail to put together the right results.

With Garcia in charge, one can expect the likes of Houssam Aouar, Moussa Dembele and others to really shine the way they were supposed to at the beginning of this season.