Four days after the disappointment against Sevilla in the Champions League, Lyon are back on the national scene with the aim of turning over a new page after the Metz episode and of affirming, against a higher calibre opponent, the form displayed in Nantes.
Return to the domestic scene
Wednesday's European disappointment is, hopefully, done with, and it's now time to start afresh and focus on the looming year-end French fixtures. Lyon, who in the end didn't quite manage to wrestle second place from FC Sevilla during the week, still have four matches on their programme, including three in the league as well as a first outing in the Coupe de la Ligue against Guingamp at the Parc OL. Before then, though, Bruno Genesio's men will host Rennes with the aim of kick-starting their comeback in Ligue 1.
Target: 31 points… still!
Victory by default or a replay? The decision regarding the outcome of the interrupted match in Metz last week won't be known until the beginning of next year. It's been difficult since that incident to plot the team's run to the target of 31 points by the winter break. But, despite that match in hand, the points-objective set by the president at the end of October is still in the minds of Bruno Genesio's men. With 25 points, they have two home games and one away to earn six points or more. That wouldn't be too bad given a sluggish start to the season and with the Metz uncertainty still pending.
Rennes, a rival to take seriously
There is still a long and hard path ahead if Ol are to head into the winter break in a relaxed frame of mind. Before dealing with Monaco, who look unstoppable at the moment, and before Angers, who rained on the last party at the Stade de Gerland, OL need to navigate through a tough encounter with Rennes. Gourcuff's team, in the running for the European places, won't be coming to the Parc OL just for the sake of it. Despite having taken only four away points out of a possible 21, the Bretons are sure to cause problems, being fourth in Ligue 1 and out to defend a two-point advantage over OL. It's up to Lyon to seize this chance to become serious competitors again.