Match Preview: Olympique Lyonnais VS. OGC Nice (Ligue 1)

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Updated: July 25, 2013
Bafetimbi Gomis

 

OGC Nice’s 6-0 loss to PAOK shocked its rivals and supporters. Could this be a premonition of the upcoming match against the equally aggressive club, Olympique Lyonnais?

 

Les Aiglons made a strong finish last season. Occupying the  4th spot, it secured a place in the Europa League and Champions League Qualifiers. Although trailing behind Les Gones by three (3) points, the result of its most recently friendly is far from being impressive.

 

PAOK is a top club in Greece. To be thrashed with a whooping six (6) goals and not score,  brings doubt to the efficiency of Jean-Pierre Rivere’s 4-2-3-1. If the club is easily trampled in a friendly, how will it perform in the Champions League? Or against its rival, Lyon?

 

Certainly, what happened reflects the team’s deteriorating form. Take note that the defeat was not the first time that Les Aiglons failed to score. Against Raja Casablanca, the club’s strikers are nowhere to be found and the defenders seemed to collapse like a house of cards.

 

On the other hand, Lyon enjoys a different scenario. Its last two (2) friendlies ended in a draw. The most recent one was against another powerhouse, Real Madrid.

 

The club neither won nor lost in those matches. But knowing that it did not easily crumble against teams that are of their equal strength and prowess, makes them as the heavy favorites over Nice.

 

According to Remi Garde, the friendlies’ results have nothing to do with its strategies or playmaking maneuvers. Rather, it all has to do with the player’s physiological readiness. And apparently, this issue is easier to address than the dilemma of not scoring.

 

Nice needs to man-up if it wants to have a reversal of roles with Lyon. Currently, the spotlight is focused on Lyon’s side and not until necessary changes are made, Nice always trail behind.

 

 

The verdict: Lyon continues Nice’s losing streak
Date: 11 August 2013, Stade de Gerland

 

 

 

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