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For a happy holiday period

Published on the 21 December 2010 à 18:59 by R.B

At home to Auxerre, OL have the chance to finish off the year in style by adding, we hope, an 8th victory to their unbeaten run, which would then run to 12 in the Ligue 1...It is not the right time to slip up...

And what if OL were to, finally, go off on their winter vacation on a good note! Only once since December 2000, a 2-1 success against Saint-Etienne, the seven-time champions of France have done it, but it was in Caen (1-0) in 2009. But not at the Stade Gerland in 5 games (2 losses and 3 draws). These games were often traps because heads were already elsewhere. There can be no question of an early vacation as stated by Anthony Reveillere at the press conference on Monday. There can be no question of spoiling the stunning rise up the table of the last 11 games. No way to go to away with a headache and a bad impression.

So it is the last game of the year at the Stade Gerland, the 27th match. A year that has seen a lot as they say! Success, for example, against Real Madrid and Bordeaux in the Champions League; success against Le Mans on the last day of the championship synonymous of a final 2nd place finish, the defeat against Saint-Etienne and its consequences. The first semi-final in the Champions League... Positive, negative, cheers and whistles, banners pro and anti ... Let’s hope that this 27th game brings happiness to the Olympians fans; happiness in the form of a gift at the end of year.

They will have to defeat Jean Fernandez’s side who are still handicapped by the absence of Pedretti, Jelen, Hengbart ... A team that has not won in the last 5 meetings in the league ... A team that has paid a heavy price for his infernal rhythm of the first part of the season with his 29th game (OL 26). They will rely on the strength of their block, animated by Sorin, Mignot, Grichting, Coulibaly ... to cause problems with for Lloris and his teammates.

Lyon, as we know, are in progress but not yet at their peak. Their strength should enable them to take the measure of Auxerre. Despite the absences of Cris, Toulalan, Ederson, Claude Puel has the choice of weapons in the midfield and up front. Gourcuff should return to the field one month after his injury in Gelsenkirchen (Schalke 04). This means that there will be at least one change in midfield. As for the more offensive posts, will the native of the Tarn align for the 5th time in a row in the championship the trio Lisandro-Gomis-Bastos? Can Briand, Pied, Delgado contest for a place?

Lyon are 90 minutes from happiness. These three points would put a little more strength in their ambitions after the near disaster of the start to the season. So please feel free in this final contest of the year...

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