Podcast: Episode 9 – Tousart, or not Tousart, that is the question.

Two wins in two matches? Zero goals conceded but nine scored? Who is this team impersonating as Lyon? This week, Sam (@OZOL1950) and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) are joined by Jorge Rodrigues (@jrod258), the admin for OL’s North American supporter’s group (@OL_ADN). The three of them discuss Lyon’s promising season start, squad rotation, Martin Terrier’s amazing hair, and to go along with this week’s Shakespearean theme, the rather Hamlet-esque drama unfolding around the club’s two senior goalkeepers. This podcast also features predictions for upcoming matches that are both depressing and bold. Have a listen below and let us know if Rabeeta needs help. You will also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send us an email at LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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Podcast: Episode 8 – Preseason Panic Meter

Four losses in five preseason games isn’t quite the auspicious start to the Sylvinho era that we all had in mind. With the season opener against Monaco just days away, the Lyon Offside crew wonders is it too soon to panic? Nick (@NicholasMamo) and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) are troubled by the tactics they’re seeing from the new coaching staff, and Sam (@OZOL1950) wonders why the players have been struggling with even the basics; meanwhile Arianna (@AScavs) thinks everyone needs to chill out until the real games get underway.

Have a listen below and let us know who you think has it right! You will also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send us an email at LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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Award-Deserving Anthony Lopes (And the Defense He Has to Thank for It)

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.

Cover: L’Équipe

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Anthony Lopes gets a teaching moment

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.

If there’s a fight happening on the pitch, Lopes can always be found in the heart of it.

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