Lyon begin recovery against Rennes
Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez
The team were placed fourth in the last edition and will be watching the Champions League from home this year after twelve consecutive participations, so getting back on track in the most prestigious of European competitions is the first priority for the Gones this season.
For the moment, Lyon have not yet brought in any reinforcements this summer, and will be counting on their youngsters and some key players like Lisandro Lopez or Yoann Gourcuff to attain their goals, while they will be focused on the futures of Bastos, Cissokho, Cris and Lloris.
The Lyonnais might not have recorded a victory during their warm-up matches, but they did indeed win the Trophée des Champions against Montpellier in a penalty shootout, and they head back into competition calmly.
“We have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We are going to go in search of victories. Sometimes we lack a bit of realism. We also have to improve on our possession and recuperation of the ball. We will adopt a new approach as of Saturday against Rennes,” explained striker Jérémy Pied.
Rennes, who have not won at home against Lyon since October 2008, have suffered four defeats for only one victory during their warm-up phase.
After reaching sixth position last season, the Bretons saw the departures of Hadji and of Mangane during the exchange window, while they also recruited midfielder Romain Alessandrini and Guinean striker Abdoulaye Diallo, at the same time holding onto their best elements like Kana-Biyick, Pitroipa and M’Vila.
And a certain confidence also reigns amongst Frédéric Antonetti’s men.
“There is a lot of quality in this group, so I am confident. We are sure about what we know how to do, and also about what we do not know how to do so well, and we are trying to sort these out,” affirmed midfielder Julien Féret.