Jean-Michel Aulas, president of OL, took stock of the club’s situation on Monday. He still believes in 3rd place in Ligue 1, even if his team is only 11th at seven points from the podium.
Jean-Michel Aulas do not let go. President ofOL, only 11th in Ligue 1 after 25 days, seven points from the podium, no longer believes in 2nd place. But still at the 3rd. “Yes, of course, and I remain firmly convinced that we can do it, even if it will be difficult, explains Jean-Michel Aulas on club site this Monday. Marseille’s victory last night (against Lille) – which we have just beaten in the Coupe de France – positions us too far from 2nd place, which obviously makes this objective difficult to achieve from now on. (…) We are 7 points from this 3rd place. There are 13 days left with 39 points at stake, so everything is obviously possible. This will require that everyone pulls in the same direction, that the staff and all the players transcend, and that there must be a sacred union of all those who come to the stadium and who support OL, and then there, I am convinced, we will achieve a very great end of the season. “
OL president, who sees a positive draw (1-1) against Strasbourg on Sunday (“This weekend, we took back 1 point in Rennes and Lille who will be our competitors in the final sprint and for the 3rd place “), advances injuries and fatigue to explain the current slow pace of Lyonnais in Ligue 1 (no victory over the last four games). “If we take a step back, we have just had our 12th consecutive game since January 4, which means that we have played more than all the other teams (except PSG), and in any case we We’ve been playing a game every three and a half days since the winter break came back in. It was obviously not the case for all of our opponents who were more prepared than us to play their games, especially those against us. “
No change in staff before the end of the season
For Jean-Michel Aulas, Rudi garcia and his staff are not to blame. “I am attentive to everything that is said, but convinced that we will continue in a positive spiral and I need, for that, the support of all those who love OL. The systematic and a priori pressure on the players only makes their optimal performance more complex. I have full confidence in the coach’s experience and technical and tactical quality. ” And Rudi Garcia fears nothing until the end of the season. “Football being a game, it is unhealthy to draw conclusions about pride, the honor of players or a club if they do not achieve their goals, and in any case, the changes of “Team or staff organization is utopian at 13 games from the end,” said the OL president.
The President of Lyon counts on recruits, Karl Toko-Ekambi and Bruno Guimaraes, on the feedback of Leo Dubois and Youssouf Kone as well as on the supporters to live a happy end of the season, for an OL still in the running on all fronts (8th Champions League final against Juventus, French Cup semi-final against PSG, League Cup final against PSG). “We are 7 points from this 3rd place. There are 13 days left with 39 points at stake, and therefore everything is obviously possible, underlines Jean-Michel Aulas. This will require that everyone pulls in the same direction, as the staff and all the players transcend themselves, and there must be a sacred union of all those who come to the stadium and who support OL, and then there, I am convinced, we will achieve a very great end of the season.” It’s off for a three month sprint.