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April… title month

Published on the 27 December 2007 à 08:01 by R.B

All that remained in OL's season was the league… 5 in a row undefeated, but only 2 wins… and a new French championship title…

After the disappointment against Bordeaux, it was time to travel to Valenciennes for what turned out to be an average match and no goals. Benzema injured himself again. Sedan then troubled the Lyonnais at Gerland, but Ben Arfa volleyed home to make sure the points were shared. Against Rennes, it was a match to forget, a dull 0-0 draw. And there was the episode between Baros and Mbia. The Czech received a 3-match ban for seemingly insulting the Rennes defender. For Gérard Houllier, the title was already won even though mathematically it wasn't yet in the bag. There was quite an atmosphere after this match.

Before travelling to Auxerre the next day, and once again in a hotel, just like in Paris the year before, the Olympiens celebrated their 6th-straight French title. On the pitch, they made do with a 0-0 draw. On April 28, Coupet and co got back to winning ways by winning 2-1 against Le Mans. It was a good match, with goals from Fred and Malouda… and more than 40,000 fans there to help celebrate.

[IMG42786#R]Off the pitch, President Jean-Michel Aulas had delivered a stern talking-to to the lads after the defeat to Bordeaux. He spoke of course of the disappointments of the elimination at the hands of AS Roma as well as the Coupe de la Ligue final loss to Bordeaux, but he also spoke of the future… and of a 7th-straight French title, among other conquests. "This isn't the end of a cycle, it's the beginning of a great adventure…"

On the 7th, in Valenciennes, Gérard Houllier celebrated his 100th match at the helm of OL. On the 11th, Claudio Caçapa announced: "it's time to leave...". On the 13th... obviously... Gérard Houllier would still be OL manager for season 2007-08.
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