After having snatched a draw against PSG, OL will be trying to pull back lost points this Saturday away to Montpellier in Week 16 of the L1.
OL will certainly not have prepared under optimum conditions their trip to the Herault. Snow hit the Lyon region and the training center Tola-Vologe. But, OL did not really have time to complain about their fate after last weekend’s match against Paris Saint-Germain (2-2), Claude Puel's men are preparing to launch a month of December as busy as it is decisive - 5 games including a Champions League match against Hapoel Tel Aviv – with a tricky trip to Montpellier.
On the occasion of Week 16, Lyon will have multiple objectives. Initially, not losing. The last defeat in the league for Cris and his teammates was on September 25th and a 1-0 defeat in the derby against Saint-Etienne. Since, Lyon went off into a series of eight games without defeat in the championship of France with a record of five wins and three draws.
But in this quest for the top spots, Jean-Michel Aulas’s club aspires to first bring a success from the Stade de la Mosson as they have done just twice this season in the Ligue 1 away from home at Nancy (2-3) and Lens (1-3).
Montpellier want to forget Marseille
For their part, Montpellier will want to bounce back after the 4-0 correction they received last Saturday away to Olympique de Marseille. René Girard: "At the Vélodrome, we came across stronger than us," says Girard. The Montpellier coach adressed his players: "Against Lyon, we will need guys who are motivated. There can be no question that it endures". This fifth defeat of the season does not detract from the very good first part of the championship for Montpellier who are in 5th place with a record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses.
Even deprived of Jeunechamp (thigh), the opponent promises to be tough at this start to the final run in to the Christmas break, which will also feature three other league matches, against Toulouse and Auxerre at Gerland and against Olympique de Marseille at the Vélodrome in Week 18. To prepare for this big clash on the 19th of December which promises to be a turning point in the fight for the title, the Olympians would be well advised to bring the three points back from Montpellier this weekend.