If "Greg" plays on Wednesday night, he will step out onto a pitch that he has frequently played on in the past… He could also face players that have already scored past him…
It was on May 10th, 2008 against Nancy. Lyon won 1-0 and he had put in a fantastic performance, preserving the victory for his team. At the end of the 2007-2008 season, the goalkeeper was back to his best level, aligning top notch performances like those against Caen, Nice, Metz, Sedan and later on in the cup final (PSG). We would learn on the eve of the final at the Stade de France that he had decided to leave Lyon.
This pitch at Gerland, how many times did he step out onto it? Once with Saint-Etienne, Once with France in 2003 against Colombia (1-0) and about 260 times with OL considering he wore the Lyon jersey 518 times.
Since the 10th of May 2008, the former Lyon player has not taken part in a match at Gerland. He faced OL in the 2009-2010 season at the Parc des Princes with PSG during the 1-1 draw. A game that nobody has forgotten, thanks to the exceptional performance of Hugo Lloris.
A priori, Kombouare, the PSG coach, had not decided on Tuesday night if he would start. We do not want to see "Greg" sitting on the bench at Gerland that he rarely occupied during his career. The last time? On December 20th 2006, in the quarter finals of the Coupe de la Ligue against Nancy (a 3-1 success). Vercoutre kept the Olympian goal on this occasion.
If the former OL number 1 played, he could find himself up against 4 players who have already scored a goal past him: Gourcuff (Rennes), Kallstrom (Rennes), Gomis (Saint-Etienne), Makoun (Lille).
Is it necessary to revisit the career of Greg at Lyon? 10 seasons and half of the 2006-2007 season. 1 Coupe de la Ligue Cup, 1 Coupe de France, 7 league titles in France, five Champions Trophies, 1 Intertoto Cup ... in other words the best track record for a player in an OL jersey. Not to mention his 87 European matches, the club record…his famous total of 518 games, which puts him behind Chiesa, the record holder.
One of OL’s legends is back tonight. Sincerely, we hope he will have the opportunity to show what he can do for, perhaps, his last appearance in a stadium that has repeatedly celebrated with pleasure and against one of two clubs that have marked his immense career. "Greg", welcome home to Gerland.