Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Blanc, Lyon

Laurent Blanc livid despite Lacazette landmark

Laurent Blanc livid despite Lacazette landmark

Publish on 03/18 at 07:38 - S. TELFORD


Alexandre Lacazette became Olympique Lyonnais's second highest scorer ever on Friday with 150 goals, but les Gones were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Nantes, much to Laurent Blanc's consternation.

Lacazette hadn't started a Ligue 1 Uber Eats game in more than a month after wrestling with a groin injury, but he led the line here and equalised midway through the first half after Mostafa Mohamed's early effort had deflected in off Castello Lukeba.


The Lyon academy graduate, who returned from Arsenal last summer, then made way for Moussa Dembélé just past the hour with Blanc managing his minutes.


"I hate that we didn't respect the game," Blanc stormed. "When we make bad decisions, we're punished and that's what happened to us at the start of the match. It felt like the ball was burning the players' feet.


"We can do something in Nantes in the Coupe de France [the teams meet again in the semi-finals on 5 April], but we'll have to do much better. Alexandre Lacazette saved himself. We're not far from disaster. It's a difficult season at all levels."


Lacazette moved onto 150 goals for Lyon, overtaking club legend Bernard Lacombe - who was in attendance at the Groupama Stadium on Friday - leaving only Fleury Di Nallo ahead of him on 222. He had little time to reflect on that though.


"It was tired, I'm coming back from a three-week injury," he said of his substitution. "Last week I was able to do 20 minutes [and score a brace to rescue a 3-3 draw against LOSC!]. Today I did an hour and I felt a little fatigue so I preferred to give my place to someone fresh."


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