Olympique Lyonnais enjoyed a morale-boosting 1-0 friendly win over fellow Ligue 1 Uber Eats club OGC Nice on Saturday, and coach Rudi Garcia hopes to keep Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembélé and Houssem Aouar for 2020-2021.
Speaking to Le Progrès in an interview published on the day of the match, Garcia said: "Those players had huge value before the confinement. I hope they'll be there to finish off the current season and to play in 2020-2021, with the particularity that Memphis only has one year left on his contract."
Aouar scored the winning goal against Nice, a fifth-minute penalty at Groupama Stadium, while Dembélé also started the game and Depay came on for the final 25 minutes. Amine Gouiri, sold to Nice by OL earlier in the week, made his Les Aiglons debut in the second half.
Gouiri told OLTV: "I left in order to get more game time at Nice. I want to prove to everybody that I'm up to the level. Of course it made me happy to come back here. It was bizarre being here in new colours. I hope to have a very good season."
To Le Progrès, Garcia justified Gouiri's sale: "We have an uneven squad. We have so much strength in attack, even too much strength. That's why Gouiri left."
Garcia: "We played a lot of one-touch football"
Garcia was pleased with the win against Patrick Vieira's Nice: "We played a lot of one-touch football and developed moves with good movement. We could have scored a second goal. But the main thing was to treat it as a competitive fixture as that's how we need to prepare."
OL take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue final at the Stade de France on July 31 and will face Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 in early August. OL have a 1-0 lead after February's first leg at Groupama Stadium.