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Sousa hails OL as being 'like Paris'

Publish on 29/08/2019 at 14:14


Paulo Sousa has praised Saturday afternoon's Ligue 1 Conforama opponents Olympique Lyonnais, a club he rates as "like Paris."

 Olympique Lyonnais - Girondins de Bordeaux 


The Portuguese coach, fresh from overseeing Bordeaux's 2-0 win at Dijon last Saturday, expects a tougher test in Week 4, even though OL suffered their first loss of the season when they fell 1-0 at Montpellier on Tuesday. Sousa said: "Lyon and Dijon are completely different and so we're preparing differently. The mentality has to be the same: to compete with them. Lyon are like Paris for me. They're one of the best teams in Ligue 1 and they're competing for the title. But we won't go there looking to just defend. We'll want to put them under pressure and win the ball back quickly but that's not always possible against a team of such quality."

Bordeaux's win at Dijon was their first of the season and only Sousa's fourth in 21 matches at the helm of Les Girondins. Beating Dijon - with goals from Hwang Ui-jo and Loris Benito - was a much-needed morale booster and a performance Sousa wants to build on.

Sousa said: "The win against Dijon did us good. It made us full of joy but we have to stay humble and be clear concerning the quality of our squad and our ambitions. We're coming into the game off the back of a good second half against Montpellier and a good match against Dijon. Given the way Montpellier played against Lyon, we have to be convinced we're capable of doing something against Lyon."

Lopes and Dubois extend deals

After the disappointment of losing at Montpellier, following two wins from two to kick off the Sylvinho era, OL's mood was lifted by contract extensions signed by goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and right-back Léo Dubois. After posing for photos alongside club president Jean-Michel Aulas, brandishing a goalkeeper's jersey emblazoned with the number 2023, Lopes said: "Extending my contract makes me extremely happy and my family too. I'm very close to the fans, as I show after every game. All of that will continue and it's going to be even more beautiful."

Dubois is now committed to 2024 having signed a two-year extension and the former Nantes captain said: "It's up to me to repay the club's confidence on the field. I'm very proud to have extended my OL deal. I knew I was joining a big club and that has been confirmed. I'm hope we'll fulfil the objectives and we always have to look higher."

OL's Brazilain boss Sylvinho was upset to have fallen at Montpellier, a match his side finished with 10 men following Youssouf Koné's dismissal. The problems for OL were manifold as record signing Joachim Andersen had a shaky game at the back - conceding a penalty - and OL failed to score in the league for the first time in 15 games.

Sylvinho conceded: "We had a lot of problems in the game. The two opposition forwards fought a lot and we were in trouble against their long balls. Our defenders were forced back a lot. I'm not worried about Andersen. I know that all players need time to adapt to a new country and a new league. We'll make sure that adaptation period is as short as possible and we're going to turn him into an exceptional player."

Probable Teams:

Lyon: Lopes; Tete, Andersen, Denayer, Dubois; Thiago Mendes, Tousart, Reine-Adélaïde; Traoré, Dembélé, Depay

Bordeaux: Costil; Mexer, Koscielny, Pablo; Kwateng, Otavio, Tchouaméni, Benito; De préville, Hwang, Kalu