Coupe de France 8emes – Montpellier HSC v Olympique Lyonnais

CDF 2018

Montpellier meet Lyon in the round of 16 of a domestic cup competition, why it’s déjà-vu all over again! When the pair met in the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes at Mosson in December, the home side scampered to a comfortable 4-1 win albeit it against a relatively understrength OL side. The likelihood of lightning striking twice is an intriguing […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : AS Monaco v Olympique Lyonnais

CDF 2018

“YOU’RE HERE, THERE’S NOTHING I FEAR,” sang Celine Dion as Memphis Depay’s stoppage time winner against Paris Saint-Germain became the latest piece of football drama to be underscored by the theme song to “Titanic”. Olympique Lyonnais’ hearts will go on to Stade Louis II midweek but will their heads be there too, after the emotionally-charged victory against the Parisians? In […]

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Coupe de France 32emes: FC Sochaux v SC Amiens

CDF 2018

Sochaux versus Amiens doesn’t exactly scream “glamour tie” but there’s enough spice in this contest to make the away side a little squeamish. December wasn’t a kind month for Amiens as they lost all four of their league matches with their only solitary taste of victory coming in, oddly enough, a cup competition – the Coupe de la Ligue. Though […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : AS Nancy Lorraine v Olympique Lyonnais

CDF 2018

On the face of it Lyon’s Round of 64 clash in the Coupe de France against Nancy should see the visitors scamper away from the Stade Marcel Picot with a comfortable victory.  The Ligue 1 side are currently sitting pretty in third having reeled off four straight league wins going into the winter break. Nancy on the other hand are […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Le Mans v Lille OSC

CDF 2018

Le Mans is best known for its 24 hour endurance race but the competitors in that automobile festival have nothing on Lille fans who’ve had to endure six months of absolute chaos ever Marcelo Bielsa was allowed to get behind the wheel of their club. The Argentine may no longer be at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy but his toxic legacy is […]

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Lyon 2.0: Is The Reboot Turning Into An Upgrade?

Fekir v ASSE

“The times they are a-changin’,” a wise, well-known musician once mused, and in the case of Olympique Lyonnais perhaps things are “changin’” for the better. The Great OL Turnover This time last season Lyon’s starting eleven against Angers going into the winter break lined up like this: Lopes, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Jallet, Morel, Gonalons, Tousart, Lacazette, Ghezzal, Fekir and Valbuena. 12 […]

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Olympique Lyonnais: Genesio’s Achilles Heel

Lopes Morel OL v Atalanta

Leads and Olympique Lyonnais don’t seem to sit well together these days. Playing at home against Dijon, Bruno Génésio’s troops couldn’t cut the mustard and ended up sharing the points in a 3-3 draw. Les Gones surrendered the lead not just once but twice against the visitors. Former OL left back Jérémy Berthod zeroed in on the problem. “Sometimes you have to […]

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Lyon V2.0 – a football reboot

OL preseason Gouiri Maolida

Three seasons ago a young, exciting Olympique Lyonnais team filled with homegrown talent and coached by Hubert Fournier threatened to upset the PSG juggernaut and knock the Parisians off their perch as champions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Les Gones but there was a genuine sense of excitement at what a side featuring the likes Anthony Lopes, Alexandre Lacazette, […]

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