OL have to react after 5 matches without a win in the league. This should start with the visit of the newly promoted Boulogne side, who find themselves in the relegation zone...
President Jean-Michel Aulas declared to the squad and the media on Monday that the team needed to revolt in order to win and gain back their confidence. It is in effect extremely urgent to move forward after the 6 points taken in the last 8 matches, this 8 points gap between them and the leaders and the surprising 9th place in the table! There is no need to go any further … everything has been said. The visit of Boulogne should be the first step on the path to rehabilitation. It seems within the grasp of the squad even if they are deprived of Cléber, Bodmer, Clerc, Toulalan, Govou and Cris (suspended).
Boulogne are, logically, having a tough time for their first season in the L1. The squad, manager included, have discovered in their great majority (11 elements) the elite for the first time. They are suffering from the absences of Moreira and Thil. They have the worst defence in the L1 with 31 goals conceded, a weak attack (13 goals), the team is also having a hard time finding a keeper. Valverde, then Koné before Bedenik, a former Le Mans player, have succeeded each other in the net. 12 points from 16 matches does not leave you serene. But with the 17th placed side just 3 points in front, hopes of avoiding relegation are still alive, as long as certain things change.
After five matches without a victory, OL will sooner or later get back to winning ways. Their match against Bordeaux showed a better collective form. All that remains to be done now is to make the difference or not put themselves in such danger that would let points slip away, as was the case against Marseille, Grenoble, Lille, Bordeaux. With Cris suspended, will Gonalons step in for the Brazilian or Seguin benefit from the confidence of Claude Puel? Afterwards, will things change in comparison with the match against Bordeaux? For certain positions, it would be a safe bet.