What Arsenal, Spurs and the Premier League can learn from Lyon

What Arsenal, Spurs and the Premier League can learn from Lyon

A hushed silence settled over the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night as Arsenal were stunned by Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the first-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. The London club still have a chance to turn things round in the second-leg, but the plaudits have to go to Monaco’s young side and the risks taken by Portuguese Coach Leonardo Jardim. Monaco had a 20-year-old defender, Wallace, playing in the middle, 18-year-old Almamy Touré…

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Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Tonight sees a match that could decide the Division 1 title and see it go somewhere other than Lyon for the first time since… (reaches for archive folder) 2006 when Juvisy took the honours. PSG welcome OL to Charlety and the situation could not be closer. PSG currently top the table with 73 points, but given their continuing involvement in the WCL, are actually ahead of schedule, having played 19 games – two more than Lyon…

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FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

The final match of this weekend has the feel of a must-win match for both Lorient and Lyon. Whilst a Lyon win would put them four points clear at the top after Marseille and PSG could only manage draws, les Merlus are now only one point and one place above the relegation zone, and could urgently do with a little breathing space. Despite their plight, Lorient’s recent from is not too bad: after four straight defeats around…

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Arsenal Looking To Steal One of Lyon’s Crown Jewels

Arsenal Looking To Steal One of Lyon’s Crown Jewels

Behind the 21 goals of Alexandre Lacazette, Olympique Lyonnais are top of Ligue 1 after 24 weeks, but he is not the only player making an impact this season. Nabil Fekir has almost come from nowhere to take France by storm. On Tuesday, British Newspaper The Sun has linked the 21-year-old with a summer move to Arsenal. With eight goals and five assists this season, it’s no surprise to see the young forward linked with…

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Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Preview – Week 24

Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Preview – Week 24

Without doubt, this is one of the biggest games in Ligue 1 over the past few seasons. Last season Paris Saint-Germain versus Monaco came too early to really build up the hype, and then the second game was after PSG had pulled away. On Sunday night, PSG travel to the Stade Gerland to face league leaders Lyon in what could be the most important game this season. It won’t decide the title, but it could…

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Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection

Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection

One of the big stars of this Ligue 1 season is Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso. The 20-year old midfielder has become a first team regular, valued for his versatility, his workrate and his ability to contribute to both defensive and attacking play. For the first six months of last season, he was mostly seen by watchers of Lyon’s Europa League campaign, where he impressed so much that from March he was a regular starter in the league,…

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AS Monaco v Lyon: Preview – Week 23

AS Monaco v Lyon: Preview – Week 23

Sunday night’s game was supposed to be the battle between the league’s best attack against the most stubborn of defences at the Stade Louis II. However, injury to Ligue 1’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette last weekend against Metz has taken some shine off Week 23’s headline match, but it turns the clash into a very intriguing and interesting battle. Lyon’s last league defeat came in November against Saint-Étienne in the Derby du Rhone, that 3-0…

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Charlton Athletic In Talks with Former Lyon Youngster

Charlton Athletic In Talks with Former Lyon Youngster

Charlton Athletic are believed to be in discussions for the loan signing from Sporting of Lisbon of France Under-21 international and Under-20 world champion Naby Sarr. The 21 year old centre back joined the Portuguese giants in a surprise €1 million move from Lyon last summer. Although he was on the books at PSG as a child, he moved down to the Rhône-based club as a 15 year old and became one of the great young…

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