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Remi Garde: Reclaiming The World - THIS STORY WILL NOT GO ANY FURTHER

Started on 14 May 2013 by k1rups
Latest Reply on 8 August 2013 by Louis O.
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Match Updates May


Montpellier 2 – 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Ligue 1 – Stade de la Mosson – Mondial 96, Montpellier – Att. 27,712

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Bisevac, Kone, Umtiti, Colazo, Mvuemba, Hughes, Gonalons, Giaccherini, Fierro, Lacazette

Subs Benzia, Briand,

Goals Fierro (34), Lacazette (41)

Montpellier are chasing us for that top spot and we knew we had to avoid defeat to keep the gap at the top at 8 points. The first half showed what we were all about and both strikers notched two goals. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold on to it and let Montpellier back in the game with 2 2nd half goals. A pretty nervy ending but a draw was probably a fair result.

Nancy 2 – 4 Olympique Lyonnais

Saturday 4th May 2013 – Ligue 1 – Stade Marcel Picot, Tomblaine – Att. 10,991

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Bisevac, Kone, Zen, Briand, Mvuemba, Hughes, Grenier, Giaccherini, Watt, Benzia

Subs Gonalons, Fierro, Lacazette
Goals Briand (13), Benzia (25), Bisevac (72), Fierro (86)

We set up 3-5-2 and went all out against Nancy, who were 19th. We went in at half time 2-1 up and we knew if we won and Montpellier drew or lost against Brest the next day, we would win the title. I told the boys that at half time and in the 2nd half we scored another 2 goals to win the match. Now we could only wait and see.

I decided I would go to Montpellier after the game so I could watch their match the next day. I was nervous but I knew the possibility was great that we could win the Ligue 1 title that day. Brest obliged and won 1-0 away from home despite being under the cosh for the whole game, with ex Evertonian Magaye Gueye scoring a cheeky chip to hand us the title. After a few years of progressively finishing lower in the table than the previous year, we had done it!





Well done Magaye Gueye! And Remi Garde, of course ;)
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Champions


Absolutely incredible. 35 games in to the season and we had won the title. When I took over at this fantastic football club I would never have imagined that we would win in our first season. I knew European football was a possibility but to be champions of France again after almost 6 years was incredible. This is where this club deserves to be and I am thrilled I was able to bring this success to the club. The cup trophies are just as important to us and we have done amazingly well to win the ones we have so far but the league title as always the one I wanted us to win, I just didn’t expect it to happen this early.


With an average squad ages of just 23, I think I have proven you can win with kids and you can win BIG with kids. The next stop for this club is to have some sort of success in Europe whilst creating dominance in France. P$G will no doubt want to spend millions in the summer and try and pile on the pressure after a miserable season but I know the quality and dedication my players have overpowers the spending of a club like P$G.

Back to our achievement now, we have had some amazing performances and I will be sure to share these with our fans in the end of season update. For now, we just had to look forward to lifting the trophy in front of our own fans on the Friday after the game against Paris St Germain.

Well done Krupesh! You're doing great: a perfect season so far! :)
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Great job Krupesh, well done. congrats on the double, and hopefully you can do one better than Man City when it comes to defending the title.
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Why is it a treble? Was there something I missed? I thought it was a double :P

Anyway, fantastic job with the title win. CHAMPIONS!

Who the f*ck is Paris-Saint Germain? ;)
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Gambit: Thanks mate! Had a great season and a lot of fun managing this club

Edu: Cheers mate really appreciate the support. Next season will be a big one but hopefully I get some transfer money to bring in reinforcements

Glenn: xD haha it is a treble because I won the Trophee des Champions at the start of the season in the first competitive match I had :p thanks buddy! P$G had a stinker this season
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Match Updates May Cont’d


Metz 1 – 0 Olympique Lyonnais

Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Coupe de France Smi Final – Stade Saint-Symphorien, Longeville-les-Metz – Att. 24,094

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Bisevac, Kone, Zen, Briand, Mvuemba, Malbranque, Gonalons, Colazo, Fierro, Lacazette

Subs Hughes, Muniesa, Watt

There’s nothing good I can say about this game. We were all over them like a rash and had 20 shots on goal. The opposition keeper was in inspired form and based on how some of the boys played, we didn’t deserve to get through to the final. This is one cup we wont be winning.

Olympique Lyonnais 3 – 1 P$G

Friday 10th May 2013 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 40,058

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Umtiti, Kone, Zen, Colazo, Mvuemba, Malbrqanque, Gonalons, Giaccherini, Fierro, Lacazette

Subs

Goals Mvuemba (35), Lacazette (49), Gonalons (57)

A great win against a very poor P$G side. This time I lined up with the team ready to attack rather than to defend and we dominated the opposition. They didn’t have a sniff all game and only got 2 shots on target. Mvuemba was a beast in the middle of the pitch and got a goal to top off a man of the match performance.

Nice 2 – 1 Olympique Lyonnais

Saturday 18th May 2013 – Ligue 1 – Stade du Ray, Nice – Att. 8,938

Lyon starting XI – De Vries, Muniesa, Kone, Umtiti, Lacazette, Gonalons, Hughes, Grenier, Giaccherini, Watt, Fierro

Subs

Goals Watt (55)
A poor effort by some of the players in this match. Some of them seemed to be on holiday already and didn’t put in a good performance at all. I let them know that this wouldn’t suffice going in to the last game of the season as the fans deserve 100% effort right up until the last minute.

Olympique Lyonnais 4 – 2 Rennes

Saturday 26th May 2013 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 37,411

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Bisevac, Kone, Zen, Colazo, Mvuemba, Hughes, Giaccherini, Benzia, Lacazette, Fierro

Subs Dabo, Muniesa

Goals Lacazette (pen 8), Hughes (33), Fierro (55, pen 84)

A great way to bow out. Dominated Rennes from the start with some great goals and a man of the match performance from Fierro. He hasn’t played as much as he would have liked this season but has developed well and I am looking forward to watching him in action more next season.

At the start of the month Jean-Michel Aulas also offered me a new 2-year contract and I accepted without hesitation. He was obviously pleased with the work I had done and I had brought in unexpected success to the club. I was just thrilled I could repay the faith he had shown in me at the start of the month.
I didn't know trophies like the Community Shield counted :P

Not a fantastic month really with the 2 losses but the win against P$G was superb. Keep it up!
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End of Season Review


After such an amazing season, I sat in my office and thought it only fair to share with the fans all around the world a review of how the season went. We had a tough start to the season but won the Trophée des Champions and began life in Ligue 1 unbeaten. We went 4 months before our first loss but it didn’t hinder our charge towards the title, with a record of 24-11-3, winning the title by 12 points.


The Europa League was a tough competition and we did well to reach the second round. The loss to Manchester City was tough to take after the 2nd leg and how we played but I know we will put in a better shift in the Champions League and hopefully we qualify from the group and can make it past the first knockout round.




With such a successful season, we also brought in a good amount of prize money and this improved our finances. The board has given me an initial budget and I finally have some money to spend in the transfer market. I am definitely going to need it as I have some changes I need to make.

Excellent season, I can foresee Champions League glory for Lyon in a couple of seasons' time :D
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Story really moved along since the last time I read it. Great to see you won the double. Unlucky against City but the finances are on the rise!
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Those are just absolutely brilliant results.

Only 17 million after winning Lyon the Ligue 1? Was expecting 30 million at least :P
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Summer Transfers


I decided to go to Fiji for the summer holidays with my wife and kids. We stayed in the iconic and brand new underwater hotel called Poseidon. It was amazing and the most relaxing time away from the club.


I knew I had to make some changes at the club and bring in some players to improve on our previous season. While I was enjoying the hotel and relaxing by the underwater pool I had my notebook and list of players at the club, along with a separate list of players that I was thinking of getting rid of. There are plenty of players in the reserves that are not good enough for Ligue 1 and will be on the move as well as a few that have declined in the first team.


One position I needed reinforcements in was in defence. Muniesa had a poor season that was ravaged by injury and I decided to sell him for €4.4 million, a profit of €4 million so I wasn’t complaining. I also decided that Milan Bisevac’s time at the club is up. He was 29 and had declined as a footballer over the last season. That sale for €7.5 million increased my transfer budget even more and I planned to put in a bid for Marcos Rojo.

When I returned to France, the first thing I did was to cement the transfers in to the club.

He can play CB, LB and WBL. A bid of €17.5 million was enough to get to the contract stage. This included €5 million after he has played 50 games for the club. He signed a 5-year contract for €53,000 a week and he will slot straight in to the first team.


Another position I highlighted that needed strengthening was on the left wing. I didn’t have tens of millions to spend here and decided to find out whom was transfer listed and to my surprise there was a name that stood out, “Tom Ince”. I knew his father from my time in England and had heard great things about him from the media. I met his transfer listed price of €9.5 million and offered him a 5-year contract on €26,000 a week.


The transfer bringing in Tom Ince helped strengthen the left side but after Giaccherini’s loan finished, the right side was weak and Jimmy Briand isn’t the best player there. I sent a scout to Argentina and he came back with a report for an 18-year-old winger called Agustin Allione. A great prospect but 1 that I can see in the first team straight away.


I need a goalkeeper. Remy Cercoutre is getting old and isn’t the best for a club that is growing like Lyon. I attempted to sign David Ospina from Nice after they were relegated but decided against him after his wage demands were too high. I had been recommended John Ruddy by several scouts and decided to test the waters with a €7 million bid that included €5 million over 48 months. It was accepted and he joined. He will now be the number 1 keeper.


A final signing that joined on loan was RB Mattia De Sciglio. Anthony Reveillere was sold to Lille for €1 million after a declining season and we needed someone that could play there comfortably. Even though he is a young 20-year-old I know he will flourish in the environment we have and go back to Milan a better player.


We spent a total of €39.5 million on bringing in players to bolster the club and made €13.75 million from selling players. We have a lot of talent in the youth and over the next couple of years I want to bring them through. Until then, I believe we have a strong team that will be able to challenge for the league title as well as progress in Europe.
Some fantastic signings. Especially in John Ruddy ;)

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