OL host Monaco this Sunday during the shock of the 35th day of Ligue 1. Fourth in the standings, Lyon must win to get closer to the podium and Anthony Lopes acknowledged this Friday his fear of not playing the next Champions League.
Dominating during the first period then in difficulty after returning from the locker room, OL lost more than one match against Lille (2-3) last weekend. The Rhone club finds itself in difficulty in the fight for the podium. It’s simple, Lyon must sign a big performance this Sunday against Monaco at the end of the 35th day of Ligue 1. A new defeat and the partners of Anthony Lopes could almost say goodbye to the C1.
“It would be a failure, a total failure. Whether it was for us, for the club and the supporters who despite what we are currently experiencing are present, clearly let go of the Portuguese goalkeeper of OL during his passage against press this Friday. We saw it last Sunday. I think we can also do it for them because they are present. Of course, a second year without the Champions League would be a huge failure. For sure.”
If a defeat against ASM would relegate Lyon to seven points off the podium three days from the end of the season, Anthony Lopes remains confident. One victory and the Gones will come back just one length behind the Principality’s club.
“I keep in mind that you have to win the match on Sunday and so on,” said the Portuguese goalkeeper. Of course the group knows he is capable of doing extraordinary things. Of course the group has the resources to turn it all on the right side. I have no doubts about it, now you have to show it on the pitch for 95 minutes and not slack off. “
Lopes wants “warriors and real men”
Strong man of the team coached by Rudi Garcia, Anthony Lopes calls on his teammates to stay motivated and wants “warriors” against ASM and for the end of the season.
“We are determined, we still have a little hope of being able to get this Champions League which is our main objective. We play a direct competitor. Behind, they will have three days left, as for the teams which are in front of us. for the one who will not give up, quite simply. It will be necessary, for the eleven who will play and those who will return, that we have warriors and real men. We will have to make the necessary efforts to win the last four remaining matches. “