Team Review: Olympique Lyonnais in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 23, 2014
Olympique Lyonnais the 2013-14 Season

Ligue 1 Finish: Fifth

Match Results: W17-D10-L11

(Featured image: Lyon | Source: sportsmole.co.uk)

 

On the first two weeks of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season, Lyon were at the top of the rankings which made early online betting favorites to win the entire tilt. However, the side soon lost their hold of the table’s apex and dwindled as far as the 14th spot due to numerous factors. From weeks 20 through the finale, Les Gones managed to go back and remain in the top 10.

 

Alexandre Lacazette was the club’s best scorer, having netted 15 goals all season through. This ranked him seventh in the overall tally of goal scorers, placed behind Ibrahimovic, Aboubakar, Yedder, Cavani, Gignac, and Kalou. Henri Bedimo, meanwhile, provided the most assists for the team with 10 passes.

 

Lyon’s curtain raiser—where they secured four goals and conceded none—was a massive victory against Nice. Their second battle was also very successful, finishing their battle opposite Sochaux 1-3 away. Another notable victory was their 3-0 domination over Evian TG on January 2014 as well as the 4-1 win they obtained from Bastia on April of the same year. Their worst defeat, meanwhile, occurred on December 2013 when they were beaten by PSG with a four-goal deficit. They conceded more goals in a previous match—against Montpellier—but they managed to not be beaten on a clean sheet 5-1.

 

Remi Garde’s side welcomed eight new or returning players during the 2013 summer transfer window. The list included defender Miguel Lopes (from Sporting), midfielder Sidy Koné (from Caen), forward Harry Novillo (from Gazelec Ajaccio), and goalkeeper Théo Defourny (from FC Rouen). Meanwhile, four players left Lyon during the same period: Anthony Reveillere (end of contract), Dejan Lovren (to Southampton), Fabián Monzón (to Catania), and Lisandro López (to Al-Gharafa).

 

At the Coupe de France, Lyon only finished in the Round of 16 where they were eliminated from the competition by Leans 1-2 on extra time. They also ended up as quarter-finalists in the Coupe de la Ligue, prevented by Marseille from advancing through the semi-finals on a 2-1 finish.

 

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