Lyon vs Sochaux : about pride and ambitionBy: Megame | March 31st, 2013
A little less than two weeks after the crushing defeat in Bastia (4-1), and an international truce finally welcome to reflect on it, Rémi Garde had two tasks on his plate. First, to explain the collective failure in Corsica ; second, to bounce back against Sochaux. “I expect that we all together show a different face, in particular after this second period in Bastia absolutely unworthy of what we want to do.”
Blame and shame
Indeed, all commenters had the same opinion, wondering how a title contender not so long ago could show such a face unworthy of L1. “Worse than juniors” said former Lyon and France coach Raymond Domenech. The Lyon President also had harsh words in the press right after the game: “Tonight, it really is a big disappointment. I personally blame my players who have shown more confidence in individual discussions, in their desire to negotiate their contract, than in solidarity on the pitch.” For Jean Michel Aulas, this was a tough cookie to swallow, as he insisted, the day after : “48h later, the signs of the slap are still there” . Rémi Garde also was particularly angry after the game. A few days later, having watched the game and reflected on it, he blamed a lack of humility of some of his players as an explanation for this major blunder. “One has to question himself, ask oneself when one is good or not and accept the questioning. Here, we are coming out of a defeat and we need to redeem ourselves. “Everyone, without distinction. “This is not necessarily only the problem of young players. There should not be any difference between young and old. We all wear the same jersey. »
To get a few elements of answers if not a complete explanation, Garde has deepened his analysis through multiple individual appointments with the players. In his usual approach made of analysis and dialogue with the players, he has always sought to empower his players, rather than imposing his views; through these face to face meetings he appealed to an awareness of each individual at the service of the team.
Whatever the organisation, provided we get the three points
One can therefore imagine everything: a status quo, a change of men, or a change in its system. 4-3-3 or 4-4-2? Licha, Gomis, or both? Malbranque, Mvuemba or Fofana? Grenier, Gourcuff or none of them? Plenty of questions, not too many answers. But in his usual manner, the Rhone coach kept silent about his intentions. “we have not always evolved in the same organisation. We changed, we have sometimes done it and done it well”
Winning, whatever the men, whatever the organisation, primarily on a strengthened team mindset, this could be the objective of hosting Sochaux who struggle for survival in Ligue 1 but fares well against big guns (draw against Lyon, wing against PSG and OM). A crucial encounter, between two struggling teams, which will surely decide the end of Lyon season, as the Lyonnais will then head to Reims next Sunday. “We come to a time where we something important is at stake that may become exceptional. Being aware of this is very important. When you start a competition, you play to win. We still have this possibility and it is a source of motivation much more important than our opponents. I think that Sunday’s game is of extreme importance. ” Rémi Garde will not accept that the eleven lined up in Gerland today could demonstrate less desire than their opponent of the day. After all, it is the least of things. Therefore of course the state of mind, the commitment of captain Gonalons and his teammates are the foundations he will build to bounce in a trajectory worthy of a second, if not first, of the championship. “From there, we will get back our game and everything that we had done well not so long ago.”
I will personally attend the game in Gerland with my whip to check if the players give everything for the Lyon jersey and achieve the daunting task of winning at home against the 18th of the League… I dearly hope I won’t need to make use of it.
Allez l’OL !
Lyon : Vercoutre – Dabo, Lovren, B. Koné, Umtiti – Malbranque, Gonalons, Grenier – Lacazette, Gomis, Lisandro.
Sochaux : Pouplin – Corchia, Carlao, Kanté, Sauget (or Mikari) – Boudebouz, Poujol, Nogueira, Roudet – Bakambu, Sio.