“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough!” The cliche mantra that all aspiring young Olympique Lyonnais academy players whisper to themselves as they drift asleep every night, it’s also a mentality that runs rich through the veins of the clubs DNA. From the president Jean Michel Aulas and to the supporters Lyonnais and worldwide, it’s no longer a well kept secret that the club is topped to the brim with young talented players all fizzing to become the next breakout star, and add their name to the rich list of stars to have passed through the colours of Olympique Lyonnais.Continue reading “Out With The Youth, In With The Youth”
Summer vacation’s over already? It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two months since last season ended. In that time, there have been many changes within the club, everything from new faces arriving, familiar ones leaving, and the return of Juninho as sporting director.
But despite the new-look team, all eyes will firmly be fixed on Sylvinho. As the new manager, he must show at least the promise of what he was brought in to do – change Lyon from perennial podium members to actual title contenders. And as this game is the season opener, there is extra pressure to make sure Lyon is off to a good start.
Friday, August 9th, 2019
2:45 PM EST (20h45 CET)
Stade Louis II, Monaco Continue reading “Sylvinho’s Big Day: Monaco vs. Lyon Preview”
In a sharp departure from previous years, Lyon have been very efficient in the early part of this transfer window, with multiple signings for the men’s and women’s teams completed within just the first 3 weeks.
This level of productivity is unheard of – I’m used to Lyon dragging their heels all summer, with other clubs pulling their hair out, several Twitter tantrums from Aulas, and at least one Lyon player threatening to boycott training. Someone also usually ends up in therapy. That’s always been the Lyon way.
Juninho’s back! He’s even brought a friend.
Nothing more needs to be said, does it?
Ok fine, there might be a few minor details.
Forget the television phenomenon–the most stressful battles of the year will be happening on the pitch, as OL Féminin attempt to defend their European hegemony against a Barcelona squad somehow playing the role of plucky underdog. Meanwhile, the men are fighting for a Champions League berth without some important defensive stalwarts. Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), and Nick (@NicholasMamo) break down the battle plans as we head toward the season finales.
Have a listen below! 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 an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.
- UEFA Women’s Champions League Final
- Barcelona’s path to the final (0:40)
- Pressure on Reynald Pedros? (5:55)
- Consistency in results (10:00)
- Majri moving on? (17:15)
- De Facto Finals in Ligue 1
- Motivation for the final sprint (23:00)
- Strength of schedule compared to ASSE (30:10)
- Short-staffed on defense (39:00)
- Champions League berth at stake (45:45)
- Mercato Predictions
- Fekir/Memphis/Ndombele/Mendy – Choose 2 (52:15)
Cover photo via Dominique Mallen (@dommal38)