Peter Bosz had checked the trip to Brondby this Thursday (9 p.m.) to rest the bodies. The non-match against Marseille has reshuffled the cards.
The next match for OL should have taken place this Sunday against Marseille. But the sad evening in Rhone turned to a non-match, and OL still could not wash away the affront of the rout in Rennes before the international break (1-4). The players were therefore unable to find rhythm before Thursday’s trip (9 p.m.) to Brondby, which the Lyon staff had checked … as an opportunity to turn. Now a turnover in Denmark would accentuate the lack of rhythm of the OL troops.
Initially, this trip for butter to the southwest of Copenhagen (OL are already assured of finishing first in Group A) would have allowed playing time to be given to players who lack it (Kadewere, Slimani, Cherki, Henrique, Mendes or Da Silva), or even to offer the very first minutes as a pro to young people from the center, like the newcomer Hugo Vogel (17 years old). Obviously, the defense will be renewed in the absence of Jérôme Boateng and Sinaly Diomandé, initially holders against OM. But what about the offensive sector, where everyone is fit, even the ghost Moussa Dembélé, who “can also pretend to play a few minutes», Confided Peter Bosz on the eve of the meeting.
Head to Montpellier on Sunday?
The Dutch coach thus finds himself with a serious dilemma to prepare for this meeting against the red lantern of group A (2 pts), which the Lyonnais had easily disposed of in the first leg (3-0). A short stay on the bench would thus force the executives to a new forced rest after the fiasco of Sunday evening. A false problem according to Bosz: “If players don’t play for 2 weeks, that’s okay. We’re coming in November and we’ve already played a lot before. “
But a few moments later, if he promised to “make changess ”, the former coach of Dortmund did not avoid the possibility of aligning most of his best elements to be received 5/5 in C3. “I have the mentality to win all the matches, even if we are qualified, assures the coach of Gones. I don’t see this game as a ‘cool’ game to play. The players have to have that mentality too.“Will his players be only 100% focused on this meeting, a few days after the dark events of the Olympico and three days from an already crucial and otherwise more inhospitable trip to Montpellier on Sunday (5 p.m.)?
Redemption time for Kadewere
One thing is certain, the training week was studious at Décines, where OL are now training. Tino Kadewere, back after his exclusion from Nice (2-3), repented in front of his coach and will start this Thursday: “He’s not mean, it’s been a tough time for him, Bosz noted about him. He had to show the staff that he could play and he did it by giving everything to training.“Broken to the harsh northern evenings for having played in Sweden between 2015 and 2018, the Zimbabwean therefore has a big card to play in Brondby while places are dear to OL, which has a very extensive offensive sector.
After refusing to join his selection to work for Lyon, the former Le Havre striker will have to prove that he has turned his head upright. “I am very happy to be here. I had a difficult week,” he said Wednesday night. I want and need to help the team ”. Its place in the Lyon hierarchy depends on it.
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