OL should have won but could have lost… There are some positive points to be taken from this match but also some problems… Match retour...
Let us first appreciate the performance of the Lyon team which had nothing to do with that presented against Schalke 04. A match without any down time as has too often been the case this season. Olympians who tried a lot, 28 strikes on goal. Olympians who scored a superb first goal after a nice collective movement. Olympians who have shown their character to not lose as they were led with only 3 minutes remaining after a questionable penalty and a man sent off. Olympians who have had to do without Gourcuff and then Toulalan in midfield.
Among the 14 players used by Lyon by Claude Puel, how can we not salute the performance of Bafétimbi Gomis? What work from him throughout the game! Fulcrum permanently available, he weighed permanently on the Parisian defence and amply deserved to equalize. With 10 attempts, he is currently the player in the championship who has tried the most in a match. He has become, with 39 efforts, the number one in Lyon, as well as the top scorer, with 6 goals in all competitions. Against PSG, he scored his first goal of the season at home. Let’s thank the public at Gerland thank the public for their, finally, decent attitude towards him.
It is a regret, once again, that Lyon conceded goals. 28 in total from 21 games. We are tempted to say that it is too many for a team that has ambitions. These two goals conceded and the draw are synonymous with 9 points lost at home in the league. We regret this lack of realism in order to make themselves safe. OL, therefore, are not yet back on the podium despite their 8 games in a row unbeaten, 18 points out of possible 24. Attention should be paid to OM, who already have a two point lead with a game in hand ... and who are at home to OL in Week 18.
OL will have a full week to prepare for the clash in Montpellier. A match where Claude Puel will be without Cissokho and Diakhaté who are suspended. A doubt remains over where Toulalan will be physically, knowing that Delgado, Gourcuff, Grenier and Ederson will still be in the treatment room. Fortunately, Cris will be back. OL need to get a result in Montpellier to stay on track as far as their objectives are concerned.