Juninho excited for season to start.
With just a couple of days remaining before the first competitive game of the season, Olympique Lyonnais boss Juninho has admitted that he ‘can’t wait to begin’.
Les Gones have recently come off the back of a highly successful pre-season, playing 6 games and winning all 6. They defeated GF 28, CS Sedan Ardennes, US Senart-Moissy, Havre, Dijon and finally beat Greek giants Olympiakos to wrap up the perfect preparation to the upcoming season.
With former fan favourite Juninho having taken the reins of manager over the summer, the future looks bright for the 7 times Ligue 1 winners. Three new signings have also come into the squad, in the form of Guillermo Ochoa, Tom Ince and Carlos Zambrano, bolstering the ranks significantly ahead of the upcoming 2014/15 campaign.
The club will kick-off with a two legged affair against Scottish outfit Motherwell in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round, and then will follow these two games up with the league opener against LOSC Lille at the Stade de Gerland.
Juninho, the newly appointed man in charge, has already spoken to the media with the new season just around the corner and is clearly excited for the start. ”It’s my first season in management, so I am naturally very nervous but my excitement overrules this feeling. I just can’t wait to begin now, and every day I am just looking forward to our first game that bit more.”
The Brazilian is in no doubts that it will be a tough and long campaign for his players to endure but is hoping for a successful outcome. ”Looking at the league, there are some very difficult opponents and players we will come up against. Paris Saint Germain are obviously the holders, have an exceptional squad, plenty of financial resources and are the favourites as would be expected. Monaco are similarly financially strong and again have some talented players which don’t need naming to be perfectly honest. Marseille are another strong side, as are Lille amongst others. This is in general a very competitive division so despite the buzz around the place at the moment, we are under no impressions that it will be an easy ride this year. In fact, it will be quite the opposite. A long and tough season lies ahead, however, we are hoping we can be successful come the end.”