At the Parc des Princes,
After a start to the season that was not far from coming close to professional misconduct, OL have been doing much better in recent games. And it is not the defeat (on a wire) of Sunday at the Parc des Princes which will make us think the opposite. After having long been sketchy and very light, especially on the defensive level (seven goals conceded in the first three games), the Lyonnais indeed seem to have gradually assimilated the methods and philosophy of Peter Bosz. Worn by a Lucas Paqueta who could convert football to a Texan NFL fan purist, Lyon has long annoyed PSG, pressing loud and clear when he did not have the ball, and not missing an opportunity to project himself on the goals of Donnarumma to recover the ball.
If he can sometimes have strong (even harsh) words against his players, as was the case in the history of the banner of the ultras, the new Lyon coach also knows how to be dithyrambic when the circumstances are ‘lend it. What was the case Sunday evening in the auditorium of the Park after the defeat: “I think we do not deserve to lose today, honestly. We saw a real match, we were not afraid to play high and press, even if this is not always possible against a team like PSG. “Above all, what delights the former Leverkusen coach is that” the dynamic of the game continues. “We have played the best team in Ligue 1 so far, and when you play this match with the ball, but also without the ball, with good organization, good pressing, you can be satisfied. I feel that we are progressing from match to match. I almost saw our benchmark match, ”he continued.
The VAR slips a beautiful one in Lyonnais
Without a (no) intervention from the VAR leading to the equalization of Neymar on penal, OL seemed perfectly able to come and take the three points at the Park as last season. If he initially believed in a fault of his young wolf Malo Gusto (“Malo is eighteen, so when I saw him tackle in the 18 meters …”), Bosz must have gone to the evidence.
“After the match, I saw in the pictures that it is not Malo who is doing the fault, it is Neymar who is wrong, who has his hand above it. It’s Neymar’s fault. I thought he made a tackle, but it’s not a tackle, it’s absolutely not a fault of this young player. I understand that the referee can miss that, but the VAR which has all the images… It’s annoying. “
Finally, apart from the guilty release at the end of the match, where his defense “defended badly” on Mauro Icardi, the Dutch technician found nothing to fault with the performance of his team. After the great victory in Glasgow during the week, the tactical and philosophical revolution that he dreams of establishing in Lyon seems to be slowly taking shape. As he underlined on Sunday evening, against Paris “there is only the result which is bad”. In the meantime, it is PSG which sits at the top of the league when OL stagnated in ninth place. Football is (at least temporarily) cruel.