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Genesio: 'I'm not in semi-retirement'

Publish on 19/04/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Bruno Genesio kicks off his final six matches as Olympique Lyonnais coach at home to Angers on Friday evening insisting he is not in "semi-retirement".

Olympique Lyonnais - Angers SCO 

Genesio announced his decision to step down the day after OL's 2-1 loss at Nantes in Week 32, a result that made it three straight defeats in all competitions. The 52-year-old had been in line for an automatic two-year contract extension had OL reached the Coupe de France final and finished in the top three of Ligue 1 Conforama.

Genesio spoke ahead of the Angers game and said: "I'm not asking the players to get by on their own. I'm not in semi-retirement and my role is to guide them. They will give everything for the club. I just expect them to follow my instructions: run and play simple football."

Having had second-placed LOSC in their sights, OL's focus is now on retaining third place as they are only three points clear of local rivals Saint-Etienne. Genesio said: "We still have our fate in our own hands as we are three points clear. If we win all six of our remaining games then we'll be fine. We need to rediscover some joy and enthusiasm as there's nothing worse than a sad team on the field."

Genesio on Fekir: "He has to steer the ship"

Genesio left club captain Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay on the bench at Nantes but insisted: "My choices depend on what I see and what I feel. I make my choices to benefit the team and get the best possible eleven out there. There's no fracture, nobody being sidelined, nothing like that. Nabil needed a rest for that game and he will start on Friday. He's our captain and he has to steer the ship. He's already proved many times in the past that he knows how to react in difficult situations."

Angers come to OL unbeaten in six league games and have lost only three of their last 20, meaning Stéphane Moulin's side are hardly ideal opponents to face when in a rut such as OL's. Genesio commented: "They're a difficult team to beat and they've changed their way of playing while keeping organised, disciplined and competitive physically. On to that they have bolted on technical elements and they play good football. They have character and they know how to come from behind as they've proved in recent weeks."

OL have been notoriously inconsistent this season and Moulin commented: "The trouble when you face Lyon is you don't know whether you're going to face the team that beat Manchester City or the one that beat Dijon. Sometimes you can face both Lyons in the same game. They're capable of causing problems for everybody and we're going to prepare to take on the best Lyon because I think they'll end up reacting well."

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