Lyon currently sits third in Ligue 1, just one point ahead of Saint-Étienne. That point could be the bare minimum to stay ahead of the local rivals as Lyon is behind in goal difference. The culprit: Lyon has the tenth-worst defense in Ligue 1. Paradoxically, Anthony Lopes is nominated to win the UNFP Best Goalkeeper award, and he would be a deserving winner.
Poor Anthony Lopes. The hits just keep on coming. Not only did he miss the final three games of last season due to a suspension, but the LFP later increased it to 5, which forced him to miss the first two games this year as well. And while there’s no worse punishment than watching Mathieu Gorgelin take his place, a close second would be losing the vice-captaincy in such a public way, which is what happened when Bruno Genesio announced that the position would now be given to Marcelo.
During today’s press conference, Genesio reaffirmed that decision, saying he wanted to take the weight of captaincy from Lopes, which would allow him to “improve” further. To his credit, Lopes agreed to it, admitting that “he’s reaping what he sowed” and that he’s become more mature after his suspension.