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Olympique Lyonnais: The Lyons Will Leap Again

Started on 6 July 2014 by pompeyblue
Latest Reply on 2 September 2014 by pompeyblue
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The league has your name on it.

Loving the fan view. Very good idea and it is great to see what the fans think of your performances.

And of course my username is the best ;)
The other guys are amateurs, my analysis was by far the best ;)
Y'all should deal with it that I'm da best analytical guy, m'kay?
Josh: Thanks, not sure if they are top notch though ;)

Purple Bananaa: Cheers buddy, and yes, your username really is the best :))

Neal and Pauker: Sure... ;)
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7 yearsEdited

November 2014 – Starting To Slip.

Heading into November, the season was going to plan, perfectly. Still unbeaten, top of both the league and our Europa League group, we couldn’t have asked for more. But this month, we had much bigger tests ahead of ourselves and we would really have to step up our performances. A huge match against Paris Saint Germain, in particular, would show to me where my players are at.

Our month kicked off with a home clash against AS Monaco in the league. Despite the fact our opponents have been struggling this season, and are currently lingering in mid table positions, this was a game which would put our players to the test due to the quality of the oppositions line-up. Or so that’s what I would have thought, heading into the game, it proved to be otherwise though as we ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Yoann Gourcuff and Milan Bisevac grabbed the goals, heaping more misery on the visitors.

We followed this game up with another home match, this time against CFR Cluj, in the Europa League. Surprisingly we did struggle to break down the Romanian outfit with their goalkeeper and defence doing a remarkable job of keeping the score down. We did take the lead through Tom Ince in the end, but were pinned back and utterly shocked when the away side, nicked a goal against us. The game did finish as a draw, a very displeasing result, in a match we should have done a lot better in.

In our next game, we were to play FC Metz returning to Ligue 1 football. Yet again, however, we didn’t turn in a performance I have come to expect from these players and after the 90 minutes we could only scrape a 1-0 win. Jimmy Briand found the winner, in the second half, but once again was left disappointed with my men.

The final league game of the month was by far the most important. It was 1st vs 2nd, we were playing the big boys, Paris Saint Germain. In all honest, I wasn’t overly confident heading into the game considering our recent performances and my fears were proved correct as we were wiped away by Laurent Blanc’s side. Ibra caused us all sorts of problems getting himself on the scoresheet twice in a 3-1 victory for PSG, with Alexandre Lacazette getting our consolation goal. It was our first loss of the season, and a devastating one at that.

The final game of the month came in the Europa League, with a home match against Slovan Liberec. This was much more like the Lyon I had become so used to seeing, as we put in a very good attacking display full of fast flowing football. Defender Carlos Zambrano hit a brace, while Tom Ince and Yoann Gourcuff got the other goals in a routine 4-0 victory, but considering the quality of our opponents a score line of this margin was the very least I was expecting.

Our loss to Paris Saint Germain does mean that they jump us and go into 1st place in the league, while we slip down to 2nd. Nonetheless, we do still have the upper hand on our rivals, as we trail by just two points but with a game in hand. So, if we do win the game in hand we will reclaim our spot at the top of the table. Meanwhile, we are still top of our Europa League and have guaranteed qualification to the knockout round too, which is very good indeed.

It has been a rather lacklustre month in terms of performances at the club over November, so it was tough to pick a Player of the Month, but in the end I have decided to go with Yoann Gourcuff. He has put in some very consistent displays in midfield recently, also chipping in with a couple of goals and assists too.

Juninho’s Judgement.

This month hasn’t been the most pleasing to watch, but looking back it wasn’t too bad in the end, with us being able to pick up three wins still. Unfortunately, our unbeaten run has come to an end though after a very poor display, against a PSG side who were a class above us. We just haven’t been at our best recently, and look a far cry from the side that was stomping on sides, right at the start of the campaign. We need to get back to our old ways quickly, or this minor blip in form could get that much worse and our form could really start to plummet.

Great graphics man, unlucky defeat at PSG :(
dem graphics.
tallery1164: Thanks, but PSG deserved to win. We just played poorly :/

Josh: Thank you very much :P

Story of the Month.

Wow....never did I think that this would happen. My fourth SOTM nomination and two nominations in one month, making history in the progress, along with the exceptional story writer and legend that is Neal!

I can't believe how much I have progressed as a writer but truly only have you, the wonderful FM Scout members to thank, for making it all happen. The support I have garnered, really has been incredible, and is what motivates me to write on. Again, thank you. You guys are the best.

Anyway, as for my vote, it has to go to Neal for his unbelievably epic Inter Milan story. The longevity, top notch writing, and achievements in the save deserve the vote in my opinion, and to win another SOTM title would be the perfect send off to one of the best stories this site has ever seen.

Congrats to all the other nominees too, they have all done a great job, but I would like to say a special mention to Aaron too. After a fair few stories it is really nice to see that he has found one to stick with and he has done a fantastic job with his updates as well.

The competition is just so strong this month, which is also a wonderful thing to see on the site. Keep writing guys, and hopefully we can inspire even more :D

Corngrats man, you're a great writer!
Jonte-23: Cheers buddy! :D
Congrats on the nomination, you deserve it buddy!
Cheers man :) Congratulations on your nomination, fully deserved. Keep up the good work!
Unlucky defeat against P$G but you won the majority of your other games. Not a bad month.

Congrats on your nomination. Your writing has been brilliant so far.
Congrats Pompey, this already is an amazing story! Also, your second place is still a great achievement! Hopefully you can keep this second place, or even overtake PSG ;)

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