The Gones did not win a game that they largely dominated (2-2). Lyon clearly shows two faces since the beginning of the season.
by Anthony Hernandez (special correspondent in Lyon, Rhône)
Two goals in twenty-eight attempts, including only eleven squares: Olympique Lyonnais can long think of this fourth day of the Champions League, Wednesday, November 7, which should have brought him closer to qualifying in the round of 16.
While leading 2-0 and playing in numerical superiority for three quarters of an hour, Lyon was unable to maintain the score against Hoffenheim, which eventually brings a 2-2 draw from the Rhône in the injury time, as in the first stage.
Jean-Michel Aulas's club has been jammed since three European matches (2-2 against Donetsk, 3-3 and 2-2 against Hoffenheim) and is second with 6 points, where he could have scored ten. Behind, Hoffenheim (3 points) and Donetsk (2 points) are still miraculously alive.
With 9 points, Manchester City, 6-0 winner of Shakthar Donetsk, is almost qualified. The situation is still in Lyon's favor, but Bruno Genesio players would almost certainly know their qualification if they had been more effective in front and less fun.
Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele, masterfully on the soaked lawn of Décines, had put OL ahead early. After the break Hoffenheim remained under water, especially after the deportation of his defender Adams on the 51ste minute. Lyon had plenty of opportunities to take advantage of his numerical superiority, but it is, like Memphis Depay, played with too much inaccuracy or nonchalance to make the team really safe. Oliver Baumann, the German goalkeeper, was also in a big night.
First Andrej Kramaric, with a shot from the edge of the box, gave Hoffenheim hope (65e). On the 92ePavel Kadebarek recovered a long free kick from the back post and threw himself for an equalizer that regular club members from the Lyon club felt about the missed opportunities.
The break is close
A few days after the football glimpse in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux, the end of the match in capilotade brings the club a break with its supporters. Memphis Depay, author of a number of incredible failures, went under the whistles to 2-1 for the local population. And the battle in the south caught a banner, a sombre sign, just before the EQ: "If it is not good, keep our pride."
Without fans and long without envy OL escapes the worst
This Olympique Lyonnais remains an unfathomable mystery in the eyes of the occasional viewers and outside the club. Able to play mediocre against their opponents in Ligue 1 (we think of Bordeaux, Caen, Angevins, Nimes and other Remois) as raising his level of play to European heights in big events (Manchester City, Marseille and this match against Hoffenheim).
More importantly, it is during the same competition that the OL can confirm the suit of doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. For fans Lyon, this uncertainty has become a habit.
We have said everything to explain it. The shortest analyzes emphasize the failing state of mind and the motivation for alternative streams of young players who would be inexperienced and fickle. Conversely, some have criticized the tactical weakness of OL, embodied by a coach, Bruno Genesio, who has never been unanimous. In a city that always had something for centrists, from Raymond Barre to Gérard Collomb, the truth must certainly be somewhere in the middle.
Bruno Génésio, unlucky coach of Olympique Lyonnais
The first hour of play against Shakhtar Donetsk in the closed game on October 2 (2-2) gave the first hypothesis weight. The Lyonnais had been apathetic and without jealousy and had their salvation only when they woke up just as unexpectedly. On Saturday, against Bordeaux in the competition, the Gones' stance also took over. A ubiquitous scorer against Hoffenheim, midfielder Tanguy Ndombele perfectly illustrates the radical change in a few days.
Why is Lyon better against big teams?
Other arguments support the second hypothesis, such as the difficulty of playing the game against teams playing in the lower position on the field, the tactical procrastination behavior from one game to another, sometimes even within the same game. match against Hoffenheim.
How could the team of President Jean-Michel Aulas, in a good part of the second period, in numerical superiority, be stopped and liquefied in order to cash in on two goals? The debates promise to animate the weekend of Lyon and the international truce, to the derby against Saint-Etienne, 23 November.
The European future of OL is not yet in jeopardy, but it is now on November 27th by a second big game against the English favorites of Manchester City, who have had chained success since their first loss. It will then resist the closure of the Ukrainian monarch on the last day. Shakhtar Donetsk will certainly be a formidable opponent against whom the defeat will be banned. And victory may be necessary.