A tricky away game for the new leader
Olympique Lyonnais coach Rémi Garde
Les Gones benefitted from the defeats of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille last weekend to grab first place in the league standings, following their win against Reims 3-0 in Gerland.
Rémi Garde’s protégés are bursting with confidence at the moment, having also secured the lead in their Europa League Group I when they held Sparta Prague to a draw 1-1 on Thursday evening. This they managed fielding numerous young players, which permitted the Lyon technician to rest a number of his top players like Steed Malbranque, Milan Bisevac and Bafé Gomis.
But amidst all the current success, the Lyonnais are careful not to become intoxicated by their new status.
“The first half of the season has been kind to us, but we have to be even more vigilant from now on, because our rivals in the Ligue 1 are very close… and there are a lot of them,” warned OL defender, Mahamadou Dabo.
It seems the new leaders of the championship are managing to remain humble.
“We have to remain vigilant about everything around us, about the compliments that we are going to receive and not put extra pressure on ourselves because we are the leaders. We have to continue doing what we have been doing well until now,” assured the assistant coach of les Gones, Bruno Genesio.
Their opponents Toulouse also enjoyed a good start to the season, but have just strung together four consecutive defeats, of which three were in the Ligue 1, so they will be out to beat their visitors.
And while Lyon remain unbeaten away this season, they have not beaten Toulouse at the Stadium since 5 November 2005, a point which should give Alain Casanova’s troops a glimmer of hope.