Hot off the Lyon Offside Community : You Don’t Replace Dinosaurs With Dragons!By: Megame | March 21st, 2013
At the Lyon Offside, we’re lucky to have readers from all over the world, with an amazing range of backgrounds and interests. And despite this incredible diversity, as unlikely as it may appear, they have one interest in common : the Olympique Lyonnais.
However, whilst this blog allows everyone to share feelings and comments, sometimes readers would like to use a longer and more elaborate format to develop their ideas. And we welcome this, so much so that we decided to publish the submissions we receive from now on.
So, whether you fancy your tablet to react after a game, jump on your keyboard as soon as you hear a transfer rumor or prefer to grab a pen and paper to jot down a few thoughts about the current issues of the team, don’t hesitate and send us your articles, opinion papers, pictures at lyon(at)theoffside(dot)com.
And don’t be shy: Remember, before daring write a first article, none of us here had any blogging experience either…
We’ve made sure we have unlimited mailbox space…. so go on and shoot!
And now, an article submitted by a Lyon Offside reader just after the Bastia debacle:
You Don’t Replace Dinosaurs With Dragons!
by Nicholas Mamo
Speeches have never been my forte. They never will. Truth is, I’m more comfortable in front of a monitor with a keyboard at my fingers. And maybe that’s why I write articles, not speeches. But what happened today robbed the few words I had, and now that words are finally reappearing, I feel I have to put pen to paper and do something with them.
Last Summer Aulas bashed the dinosaurs and pharaohs. According to him, they were to blame for most of Lyon’s poor results. And it didn’t take long for Aulas to get his way – the dinosaurs left and the pharaohs found their place. But no one replaced them, with the club opting to give the youngsters a chance. And when the season started, Aulas’ bet left everyone baffled – it had paid dividends. Lyon showed France that they weren’t there just for the second place – the first one was also up for grabs. Fast forward three months and bafflement has been replaced by disbelief.
The then-leader has changed his visage. The players who should be shouldering responsibility seem comfortable in another seat. The dinosaurs who left found their place taken by others. Only this time they seem more like dragons. Everyone’s afraid of them – yet on the pitch they’re invisible, imaginary, nonexistent. The likes of Gourcuff, Lisandro, Gomis, Lovren and to some extent even the Fabled Malbranque have shedded their masks and a noticeable performance from them has become a rarity.
The media and pundits were wrong – the anti-PSG hasn’t risen yet, and it’s not Lyon. Instead of Cris leeching money, Lyon have Lovren. And Gomis. Instead of Bastos, Lyon now have Gourcuff on the sidelines. His performance against Bastia showed he might as well have been injured.
Lacombe’s tears as he sat in the stands could well have been waterfalls, because they still wouldn’t have cleansed Lyon of players whose time is over. Lacombe was also mistaken when he said that Garde is Lyon’s Guardiola. Guardiola found an already-furnished Barcelona side, and he only had to apply that perfecting touch. Garde has so much more to do. Lyon have finally realized that the youngsters are still youngsters, and that they alone can’t rival big-spending clubs, or even above-average teams.
Now the Dragonborn has returned, and it’s plated in gold made from oil. It’s mission is solitary – kill the dragons’ team. And it will succeed. You’d be naïve to think otherwise.