OL are at the foot of the podium before the reception of Angers this Sunday (9 p.m.) at the end of the 32nd day of Ligue 1. Les Gones will try to regain victory after a very mixed start to the year 2021 in terms of accounting .
At the break and after 17 days, OL were at the top of Ligue 1, tied with Lille and one point ahead of PSG. Fifteen meetings later, the Lyon team has failed to maintain its cruising speed. In 2021, Lyon is skating and allowing the competition to escape. And could be almost excluded from the title race in the event of a poor performance against Angers, this Sunday (9 p.m.) at the end of the 32nd day.
Lyon accuses the blow in 2021
Two days before celebrating Christmas, OL had given themselves the prettiest of gifts after an easy victory against Nantes (3-0). First place in the championship ahead of Lille and Paris. Monaco was a long way from Les Gones, 9 points behind to be precise.
Except that in just four months, almost everything has changed. Lyon was overtaken by Monaco who will also play this Sunday against Dijon (5:05 pm). And is five points behind PSG (2nd) and eight on the Lille leader.
“We had this acute matchnullite at the start of the championship, we found it, regretted Rudi Garcia on the eve of the duel against the Angevins. Since we remain on three draws away without counting the Cup. these are not bad results but they are bad when you want to stay on the podium. “
Rudi Garcia has effectively targeted the problem. As at the start of the championship in diesel mode (four draws on the first six days), Lyon roared less in 2021. Only one success in five games. And a point average well below the (fierce) competition. Where Monaco has an exceptional record of 2.5 points per game, OL only took 1.8. Very far from ASM but also a good distance from LOSC (2.2) and Paris (2.1).
OL don’t want to stay in the “wrong place”
During the first part of the season, Lyon had the best points average (2.1) tied with Lille and PSG. And far ahead of Monaco (1.6). This drop in yield resulted in an inevitable drop in the rankings. As a candidate for the title and leader, OL 4th could (soon) simply be content with playing for the podium. To avoid this disappointing scenario, it will be necessary to beat Angers this Sunday.
“Everything is possible in the league. For the moment, we are in the wrong place, the fourth, so we can only do better. And so the objective is to pass first the third or one of those who are within reach at points “, added Rudi Garcia who knows that the margin of error is now tiny in this final sprint.
Lyon had missed the PSG turn in great width (2-4 defeat before the international break). But Lille still has to go home at the end of April and Monaco away from home in early May. No doubt the moment or never to re-engage a positive dynamic.