Confident OL moving forward as one
By D. Crossan
Form club Olympique Lyonnais are full of confidence heading into Wednesday's Ligue 1 Conforama clash at Dijon.
Having sent shockwaves around Europe by beating Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, OL produced another magnificent display as they swatted away Olympique de Marseille 4-2 at Groupama Stadium on Sunday evening. With OL on such a high, it would be easy to forget that they entered Week 7 of the season above Dijon on goal difference alone.
Strength in depth
Against OM, OL showed their strength in depth as Bertrand Traoré came in for Maxwel Cornet, one of the heroes of the 2-1 success at Manchester City, and scored twice. Coach Bruno Genesio commented: "It's been a great week, and we put in two big performances in the space of five days. I'm very satisfied with the attitude of the players, their spirit and the quality they produced. There are two more games to be played before the new week is out, against Dijon and Nantes, and we'll assess things after those matches to see if we have learned from our errors. We have quality, we have talent and we need to see if we'll be able to show the same spirit, the same enthusiasm, in the weeks to come."
Captain Nabil Fekir followed up his goal and assist against City by netting a penalty against OM and setting up Traoré's second. The World Cup winner said: "We knew it was a very important match. We needed to win in front of our fans, having lost to Nice here. We knew we'd started the season badly and we have managed to get going again in the best possible way. I hope we'll carry on like this. We need to be ready and up for games, whether they're in the league or in Europe."
Diop: "Tanguy is my idol"
Tanguy Ndombele had another storming game in midfield for OL, again playing alongside Pape Cheikh Diop, as at City. Former Celta Vigo man Diop, currently keeping Lucas Tousart out of the side, said: "This is the best squad I've ever been part of. Everyone speaks to me and I'm so happy to be at OL. For me, this is the best possible team to be part of. Tanguy is my idol, he's so strong (laughs). He impressed me from my first day here. We resemble each other a bit and I feel really good alongside him."
Dijon are known for their attacking prowess - nine goals in six games this season after 55 goals netted in 38 games last seaso - but last Saturday they were involved in a bore draw at Reims. Play like they did in the 0-0 at the promoted club and Olivier Dall'Oglio knows they'll have no chance against OL.
Last season's meetings of the clubs were goal-filled with Dijon bagging a 3-3 draw at OL before falling 5-2 at home in Week 34 as OL ran riot. Speaking after the draw with Reims, Dall'Oglio said: "The result is fine by us but there's a lot of frustration too as we used the ball badly. Technically, the match was like a Ligue 2 game with two solid blocks that didn't want to concede and bad fouls committed by both teams. I know we can do better than that and we've proved it in the past. We're still striving to find balance. The Champions League isn't for us but picking up points should allow us to gain in confidence."
Dijon: Runarsson – Rosier, Yambéré, Ciman, Lautoa, Haddadi – R.Amalfitano, Abeid, Loiodice – Tavares (cap.), Sliti
Lyon: Lopes – Dubois, Denayer, Morel (cap.), Rafael – Ndombele, Tousart, Aouar – Traoré, Depay, Terrier