Posted in Champions League, Olympique Lyonnais

Cornet and Lacazette ruin Valencia’s parade, but it wasn’t enough

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Already eliminated from the Champions League, Lyon had nothing to lose as they rained on Valencia’s parade at the Mestalla, beating the Spanish side 2-0. Valencia had to beat Lyon to reach the knockout stages of the competition, but Lyon had other plans.

Maxwel Cornet curled home a spectacular strike in the 37th minute giving the visitors advantage. Lacazette claimed the second and final goal of the match in the 76th minute giving Lyon a well-deserved victory. Valencia struggled to create any real chances during the game. As for Lyon, had they played this way during their group stage campaign, they wouldn’t have been exiting the big stage. I am still warming up to the new coach.

Posted in Les Bleus, Olympique Lyonnais, Reports

Interview: Nabil Fékir: “I asked myself if I was ever going to be able to play football again.”

Nabil Fékir has given an exclusive interview to yesterday’s L’Équipe as he continues to recover from an operation on his ACL that has sidelined him from action with France and Lyon for several months.

On his injury…

At one moment, I asked myself if I was ever going to be able to play football again. During the first three weeks that followed my injury, I did not go out a lot. My leg hurt. I was a bit beaten. But when I started the physio sessions, things went much better. Things are better and better. I have been walking normally for two weeks. To be able to run at the end of December would be a bit like a Christmas present…

When you look at the timing, it would be difficult for it to have happened at a worse moment. I had had a good start to the season, I felt good. That is part of a career though. You have to accept it. And do everything to come back stronger.

On tweeting President Aulas…

I do not tweet with the president (laughs). I know that he is often asking the doctor for the latest news. He told me to hold tight. His support encourages me and touches me. We do not have the right to disappoint him, when you take into account all that he does for the club and for us.

On potentially missing EURO 2016…

That would be a really big disappointment. But I would support Les Bleus and I would say that life goes on, I am still young. Of course, I am a competitor, I want to be there. We will be able to see things more clearly in February or at the end of March. I would really like to come back for March. If it is earlier then that, well then great.

On whether he will still be at Lyon next season…

We will see. As I have not played much this season, logically, I should stay for another season at Lyon. Aside from that, if clubs present themselves, we will have to see.

On his dreams…

In my head, I have a lot of dreams. I will not talk about them all immediately. Already, I want to be back on the pitch, to give the best of myself with Lyon, and then join a great club. That is my aim… My favourite club is Barcelona. But I need to work a lot, I am aware of that.

On the Ballon D’Or…

It is not totally crazy [to think about it], no. Hope keeps people alive. I will not say that I am going to win the Ballon D’Or. But I have that in the corner of my head, even if that might seem absurd. I repeat: hope keeps us alive.

SOURCE: getfootballnewsfrance

How can people not love this youth? Continue to recover well, Nabil.

Posted in Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Lyon fall at home to Montpellier as PSG continue winning form

When Lyon lost for a third time straight in all competitions, I was not surprise given their defensive errors. They lost 2-4 at home to Montpellier and if Hubert Fournier can’t fix the defensive issues, then it’s going to hurt Lyon in the long run.

Meanwhile, PSG continues their winning ways beating Troyes 4-1. Cavani scored a brilliant opener.

Posted in Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais

Marseille v Lyon 1-1: Valbuena given the traitor treatment

Valbuena played against his former club and they did not exactly welcome him back with open arms. Marseille fans were a disgrace and at one point they even pelt him with rubbish when he attempted to take a corner. They hung an effigy of him prior to the game to show how they felt about their former playmaker.

Giving Mathieu the traitor treatment was vile.

Lacazette converted a penalty for his first goal of the season in the 25th minute. Alessandrini then saw straight red for trying to break Valbuena’s legs reducing Marseille to ten men. Play was suspended in the 62nd minute when glass bottles were thrown on the pitch at Lyon players notably Valby.

When play restarted after a near 24 minutes, Marseille got right into the swing of things with Karim Rekik scoring a heading equalizer in the 69th minute.

Valbuena, a former Marseille player, left the club the summer before last, before joining Lyon this season

This also happened:

Marseille coach Franck Passi has to be pulled away by Michy Batshuayi in the tunnel from verbally abusing Mathieu Valbuena. (C+)

OM coach Passi to Valbuena at halftime: “Stay on your feet! We know you Mathieu, stop fu***** about.”

Valby: “Franck! Not you as well!”

So much for coaches setting examples! Valby was a professional though!