Bosz tested all the dangers with OL

Comforted by the management of Lyon despite the historically weak results, the Dutch coach will no longer have the right to be wrong.

Peter Bosz in Lyon, act II. At the end of a domestic exercise failed in large widths (8e in the standings), the Dutch coach begins his second Ligue 1 campaign with Olympique Lyonnais. With an obviously increased pressure. “We have the ambition to make a special season“, he was content to promise the 58-year-old coach at the beginning of July when he took over at OL, of which he therefore remains the starting line-up coach this Friday against Ajaccio (21 h), at the beginning of the League 1. season..

An almost miraculous maintenance for the ex-coach of Ajax and Leverkusen, already particularly threatened in the middle of last season, when his team vegetated in the second half of the table. “Normally I would have fired because the results were 13e in a club that wants to play in the Champions League“, Bosz agreed, with lucidity however variable during a season where his team will have (too) often done things the other way around.

Only here, Jean-Michel Aulas showed an almost unsuspected patience as the season paraded, but already agitated behind the scenes (Juninho’s departure in December). After demanding a recovery in December (“I leave the two months of January and February to return to the championship“), the head of OL softened his position in early March (“There is no danger, no matter what happens.“) before considering the continuation with the Batavian coach, subject to the approval of future investors, as he declared in mid-May, once the failed season was definitively consigned: “The least we can do is make them confirm the trend, which is to define the criteria for choosing the coach for the next few years. (…) I think it would be a mistake to change.And so John Textor, the club’s new majority shareholder, agreed.

Is the start of the season already decisive?

Comfort despite OL’s lowest point total in the 21ste century (61 pts, off-season 2019-2020 interrupted by Covid-19), Bosz cannot hide additional pressure with the arrival in the capital of the ambitious American who dreams of upsetting PSG’s dominance. “It’s not pressure, it’s a challengeinsisted the interested party at the beginning of the course. I only see the positive aspects, the pressure is there but it is good, for me, also for the players and the supporters.»

The latter will obviously be less docile with a poor first performance at the Groupama Stadium this Friday, not to mention a possible lost month of August in line with the last exercise. On social networks, the Lyon community even mentions an almost obligatory flawless (15 pts / 15) regarding the first five meetings of the season (Ajaccio, Lorient, Troyes, Reims, Auxerre). “The coach is known in an ejection seat in case of bad results in August”, he continues on this topic The team in its Saturday edition.

Peter Bosz and his men took it easy during the last few warm-up games. panoramic

Either way, Bosz is making progress in this first OL season made in america with a confident smile that he never lost. A confidence that undoubtedly originates from that of its president (Aulas retains his prerogatives for at least three years), with whom he seems to share a genuine human relationship, and whose patience sounds anachronistic in the face of the permanent musical chairs of today’s football . and the position of a club that will not play Europe for only the third time since the early 2000s (elimination in the Europa League play-offs in 2014, the end of the season linked to Covid in 2020).

Taming the ‘Back to OL DNA’

The justice of the peace will obviously be Ligue 1 for those who owe their upkeep in part… to their European campaign last year. Knocked out in the quarter-finals of the C3 by West Ham, the Rhone coach had long held out hope of great happiness embodied in midweek, where OL often shone, as if driven by a “European DNA”. Lyon’s DNA is precisely what marked the club’s off-season. The “JMA” announcements were translated by the big returns of the club’s children Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, 31) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern, 28), he wanted to oversee the new generation of Gones (Caqueret, Lukeba). , Gust, Sherki).

Bosz, who has only been there for a year, has settled in, notably making the decision to entrust the captain’s armband to Lacazette, with whom tactical differences were conceded before being denied. Unity as a slogan. And this return with much joy of the values ​​and love of the club will allow him to orchestrate a team not only according to a system (most often in 4-3-3) but according to a philosophy, instilled from the first years. at the training center. “Tactically, we have new players but the philosophy remains the same: win with an attractive game“, he still promised a month ago.

Lessons learned from the last warm-up game against Inter Milan (2-2) suggest that OL are on the right track, between a willingness to lose the ball and a quick and well-orchestrated use. But the truths of July don’t always find an extension in August, and Bosz could end up learning that the hard way. Lyon will not be able to run the risk of seeing Europe on television for the second consecutive year.

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