Time to face their demons: Lyon vs. Reims preview

Tomorrow, Lyon will face their most challenging enemy to date: Stade de Reims.

Reims set the tone for the year when, in the second game of this season, they imposed Lyon’s first defeat. It was a rather prophetic moment that heralded two things – Lyon’s inability to chain matches, as well as their propensity to drop points against smaller clubs.

Friday, January 11th, 2019
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20h45 CET)

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarterfinals: Lyon vs. Strasbourg in the Less Popular Cup

After last Saturday’s Coupe de France clash against amateur 5th division side Bourges Foot, where Lyon struggled for a hard fought victory (no, seriously), Bruno Genesio and his merry men are setting their sights on that other French Cup.

Since winning the league is out of the question, and progressing in the Champions League is just as unlikely, Genesio is determined to win one of the cups. While the Coupe de France is more prestigious, he’ll take anything he can get, even if it’s the slightly more lame Coupe de la Ligue.

The reason Lyon are so desperate? The club hasn’t won any hardware since 2012.

Oh wait, they did win the Eusebio Cup. My bad.


Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
Parc OL, Lyon
21:00 CET (3 PM EST)

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Champions League Draw and Other Irrelevant News

It’s Barcelona.

Blah.

To be fair, any of the teams Lyon could have drawn in the Round of 16 would be a difficult challenge, but I really didn’t want to see Eric Abidal’s face again. Now I’ll have to suffer through multiple pre-match interviews where he’ll talk down about his old Lyon days. Can’t wait.

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Thierry’s coming to town: Lyon vs. Monaco Preview

I wish I could be excited about this match. Playing the 19th worst team in the league, one with a myriad of injury and morale problems…it’s a dream come true. An easy 3 points, right?

Wrong.

Lyon’s greatest skill is their ability to sympathy struggle. Teams in the worst form of their life arrive at Parc OL and then revive their flagging campaigns. Just ask Nice. Or Nantes. Or Rennes.

They should rebrand Groupama Stadium as Groupama Spa. The possibilities for EBITDA are endless.

Sunday, December 16th
Parc OL, Lyon
3 PM EST (21:00 CET)

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Sink or Swim: Shakhtar vs Lyon

As usual, Lyon likes to make life as difficult as possible. That means waiting until the last possible second in order to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

“The last possible second” isn’t an exaggeration. Given the sheer amount of stoppage time goals conceded this season, we’re not going to know until the 90+5 minute if they’ve made it through.

The way Lyon fans have been tortured this season is probably a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev
3 PM EST (21:00 CET)

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Derby du Rhône: Lyon vs. Saint-Étienne

Marseille and PSG can posture all they want, but we all know that the real derby in Ligue 1 is between Lyon and AS Saint-Étienne. A tradition that goes back decades, these two clubs have been fighting for regional pride and honor for almost 70 years.

The cities are only 50 kilometers apart, but the different cultures of the two cities ensures a fierce rivalry. Saint-Étienne is France’s most successful club, but they reigned in the ’60s and ’70s, whereas Lyon were nobodies in the football scene until the turn of the century. OL vs. ASSE has always been a battle of the haves and have-nots, and this Friday will be no different.

Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
9 PM EST (21:00 CET, 20:00 UST)

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The French invade Germany: Hoffenheim vs. Lyon Preview

It’s been three weeks since Lyon’s last Champions League outing, where they had a rather bizarre closed door match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Since then, they’ve been embarrassingly beaten by PSG, had some time off for international week, and then returned for another blah performance against Nimes.

They’ve also been piling on the injuries. As soon as someone’s back on his feet, another one’s getting carried off the pitch. Genesio’s been forced to dip into the youth squad, which is hilarious considering that Lyon is fielding the 4th youngest squad in both the Champions League and Ligue 1.

Lyon’s current form is anyone’s guess. Hoffenheim won’t know what’s coming, but neither does anybody else.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
Rhein-Neckar-Arena
3 PM ET (21:00 CET)

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