While OL will travel to the Rock on Sunday to face AS Monaco on behalf of the 35th day of Ligue 1, Juninho confided that he had not yet absorbed the defeat of Lyon against the Monegasques in the Coupe de France and in particular ” aggression “on Lucas Paqueta in the first period.
On two consecutive defeats against AS Monaco in the Coupe de France then against Lille in Ligue 1 last Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais had a bad week and will be keen to redeem themselves against the Monegasques this Sunday in Ligue 1. Relegated four units away from third place, occupied by the ASM players, the Lyonnais will have to react under penalty of letting Monaco escape … and the ambition of a qualification in the Champions League with.
At the microphone of the OL TV channel, Juninho quickly returned to the disappointment of his family against the Monegasques in the Coupe de France last week. The Brazilian said he had not fully digested the elimination, given the face of the game: “For me, we had a good game against Monaco. We did not deserve to lose like that. We dominated the first half. -time. Then there is the penalty and the red card immediately in the second half … “
The Lyon sports director also returned to Kevin Volland’s fault on Lucas Paqueta in the first seconds of the game, sanctioned with a yellow card. The OL leader even speaks of “aggression”: “It is above all the first action of the match which also remains in the throat, the aggression on Paqueta where the referee preferred to give a yellow. ‘was not a normal fault, it was an attack on Monaco. It was from there that everything changed too (Rudi Garcia is sent off). “
The game without a pointed ball
Still at the microphone of the club channel, Juninho tried to explain the problems encountered in the game by Olympique Lyonnais. The former midfielder pointed out the game without the ball and the pressing faults of his team, which he considers to have too much tendency to let the opponent play.
“We are a team with creativity, we will always create chances. But I repeat, I find that the opponents play too easily against us when we do not have the ball, insists Juninho. not the ball, the marking starts in front with the attackers. I think that we have to work a lot more compared to that. (…) We must not let the opponents play, especially opponents of the level of Monaco, Lille… who are on the same level as us. “
The Lyonnais are warned, they will not have to let Monaco play, in dazzling form. Since the start of the calendar year, Niko Kovac’s men have pocketed 44 points out of 51 possible.