PSG… Lens… Monaco and Nantes… OL had to get past all these sides before they went on holidays… but there was also a nomination… rewards and changes…
It was as if the Lensois weren’t even there for their match at Gerland: they conceded 3 goals in the first half, to Govou, Juninho and Diarra. ON May 19 in Monaco, OL played some beautiful football but couldn’t manage to score. Then Menez scored the winner for Monaco. Fabio Santos was injured in a clash with Monsoreau.
May 26, last day of the season... at Gerland. Nantes, already relegated to L2, played in front of 40,000 spectators. Malouda scored a brace and Benzema struck as well to wrap up the season nicely. OL finished with 81 points, the best attack (67 goals) and the best defence (27 goals conceded) in L1. Second-placed Marseille finished 17 points adrift, and OL only collected 31 points from the second half of the season. Malouda and Juninho both scored 10 goals, 5 lengths behind the league’s top scorer, Pauleta.
And then the rumours of departures began. Tiago, Abidal and Malouda seemed set to leave. As for Wiltord, he hadn’t figured in the squad since April 28. As for Claudio Caçapa, his time at Lyon ended in the 65th minute against Nantes on the 26th. The “Captain” left his ship.
[IMG42788#R]May 16 marked the nomination of club president Jean-Michel Aulas for the head job in the G14.
On the 20th, everyone met up for 2 days in St-Tropez for a huge party, highlighted by the recognition of Gérard Houllier, Florent Malouda, Grégory Coupet, Eric Abidal and Cris in the 16th edition of the UNFP Awards. On the 28th, Anthony Réveillère signed a new contract and is linked to the club until 2011.
[IMG42787#L]The night before the match against Nantes, Gérard Houllier announced his departure, opting out of the last year of his contract. Who would replace him? On the 30th, Jean-Michel Aulas called a press conference to announce that Alain Perrin was leaving Sochaux to take the helm at OL, accompanied by his assitant Christophe Galtier. What a month!