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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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Impromptu Meeting

I was sitting in my office; leaning back and looking out the window as the youth team were training. They looked good, skilful and quick. I kept a little pad of notes I liked to make about things that were important and decided I would add one today. “Go to youth training tomorrow and go and watch their next match”. I thought it would give the youngsters a bit of motivation to step up but also I could go and do a bit of scouting myself and if there were a couple of players that really impressed, I may look to give them a senior call up.

Just as I was getting lost in my thoughts, the phone rang and I almost jumped out the window. It was a private number and normally my receptionist is putting callers through. Who was this and how did they get the direct line to my office?? I answered tentatively and said, “Bonjour, Remi Garde speaking. Who am I speaking to and how can I help?” Jheez I sounded like a receptionist myself. A rough, hard-man voice replied, “The boss wants to meet you. He has been less than impressed with the style of football you are playing and wants to discuss some changes. He will arrive at your office in precisely 3 minutes. Meet him at the front and take him into your office immediately.” And that was it. He hung up.

Who the bleeding heck was that? I know for sure it wasn’t Jean-Michel because he has my mobile number but also he wouldn’t have someone speak on his behalf. Crap it had been 2 minutes. I ran to the front to see who was pulling in to the compound and I saw a Rolls Royce Phantom drive in.

Whoever this was, they had a lot of money. The driver got out and opened the passenger door and out stepped a man who looked the business. He was dressed sharply, wearing sunglasses; a designer suit and he had a flashy walking cane. I opened the door and before I could speak he said, “Remi! It is great to see you. Come, let us go in your office and speak.”

No introduction, no mention of what his name was but he wanted to go to my office just like that? He was off walking towards it and I just jogged and caught up to him. I stuttered and asked, “Excuse moi monsieur, before you go any further I need to know who you are.”

He stopped in his tracks and laughed, “I will explain more once we are inside my friend. Come now I don’t have all day.” I opened my door and walked to my seat. I motioned to this strange man to sit down and I offered him a glass of whiskey. He declined but said he would like a nice cup of tea. I called Francine, my personal assistant, and asked her to bring in two cups of that imported tea that had arrived yesterday.

“Remi, I am Michael, a Dutch…how would you put it? Businessman. I am involved in many different entrepreneurial activities around France and the world. I am a multi-billionaire and make generous donations to my favourite football team, Olympique Lyonnais, which you now have the great honour of managing. I own a private box in the stadium and I orchestrated Jean-Michel Aulas’ takeover bid in the 1980s. As you can tell I have a vested interest in the success of the club and am thrilled you are the manager but there is a problem. The team has not been playing an attacking brand of football, at least not as much as I would like and I want this to change. I took the liberty of creating a new tactic I would like you to try. Obviously it is in your best interests, as well as your family’s interests, for you to take this on board and try it out.”

He drank his tea, left a document on my desk and walked out. I was gobsmacked. Who the hell was this guy to tell me to play a certain way? I looked down at the paper and it really was a tactic with instructions. I had never in my life seen anything like this but then this guy had threatened my family in order for me to play this? I went out to the training pitch and handed it to the coaches there. I told them to get the boys lined up and to start training in this formation. I walked away in disbelief but felt I had to try it. Who knows, maybe it would work.

A very interesting update.

Michael seems pretty bad ass :P
Great writing k1, Cant wait to see how this tactic does for you :)
Ohhh this guy reminds me of Ryker! ;)
Interesting new tactic k1. Should win lots of games with that.
Glenn: Haha I wanted to do something different and asked Michael how to mention him in the story :P

Marcus: Cheers buddy had some decent results with it so far

Beany: Ryker has been a close friend to Remi and is starting to rub off on him ;)

TSO: Thanks mate credit to Michael for uploading the tactic - I just wanted a different way to say I'm changing my tactics haha
That is some weird tactic, but I think that's a good thing ;)
Really great update mate! :) The tactics is interesting... I am sure you can manage to win a lot of match with that! ;)
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Match Reports

Hannover 1 – 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Thursday 4th October 2012 – Europa League – AWD-Arena, Hannover – Att. 41,758

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Kone, Umtiti, Lovren, Giacherrini, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Malbranque, Colazo, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Benzia, Dabo, Briand

GoalsWatt(36), Benzia (84)

The second of our Europa League matches was away in Germany. I was confident in getting the win here as we were playing one of the weaker teams in our group. Napoli had already beaten Academica so we had to keep the pressure up on them. It was a pretty end to end game but we put away our chances and took the 3 points back to France.

FC Lorient 2 – 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Sunday 7th October 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade Yves Allainmat, Lorient – Att. 13,882

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Abenzoar, Umtiti, Lovren, Dabo, Hughes, Malbranque, Briand, Giacherrini, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Fierro, Colazo

GoalsWatt(3, 44)

Tony bagged 2 goals in the first half to put us up 2-0 by half time. We were coasting and I was confident in the result but we slacked off outrageously in the 2nd half. Lorient were all over us for the next 45 minutes and we were lucky not to actually lose the game. They finished with 7 shots on target, we finished with 2. That was unacceptable and I made sure the boys knew it, especially after conceding a 93rd minute equaliser by Jeremie Aliadiere!

Olympique Lyonnais 4 - 1 Brest

Sunday 21st October 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerlan, Lyon – Att. 25,408

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Umtiti, Lovren, Gonalons, Malbranque, Briand, Hughes, Giacherrini, Lacazette

Subs Dabo, Grenier

GoalsGonalons (6), Hughes (12), Lacazette (52,79)

This was the first game I had in charge after the weird meeting with Michael and Brest were in 10th place at the time. I employed the new 4231 tactic and we battered them. Absolutely dominated them from start to finish and could have won by more. This was a good omen for the tactic, we were playing excellent, attacking football and I couldn’t wait to try it again.

Olympique Lyonnais 2 – 1 Academica

Thursday 25th October 2012 – Europa League – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 23,039

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Umtiti, Lovren, Fofana, Malbranque, Briand, Hughes, Watt, Lacazette

Subs Dabo, Colazo, Mvuemba

GoalsWatt (41), Colazo (61), Watt missed pen (54)

Against another weak team in the Europa League group I decided to play the 4231 formation and we dominated again from start to finish despite conceding an early goal. 8 shots on target and 2 goals is not a great return as Watt missed a penalty which would have made the scoreline more comfortable but we had won and so far had 7 points in the group, same as Napoli and it seemed it would be us 2 going through.

Olympique Lyonnais 3 – 0 Evian TG

Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Coupe de la Ligue, 4th round – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 39,599

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Bisevac, Umtiti, Lovren, Giacherrini, Hughes, Mvuemba, Fofana, Colazo, Benzia, Watt

Subs Briand, Gonalons, Lacazette

GoalsBenzia (27), Watt (47), Giacherrini (59)

Having already played Evian earlier in the season in an exciting 3-2 match I was quietly confident we would be able to win again. We dominated from the outset as we lined up 3-5-2. Something completely different but it worked and we couldn’t have played better. A comfortable 3-0 win with goals from players that aren’t even regulars in the team ensured our progression to the next round.
Did you use Michael's tactic for all those matches? If so I am very excited to give it a test run now :P
2013-05-19 13:14#102580 Glenn T : Did you use Michael's tactic for all those matches? If so I am very excited to give it a test run now :P

Haha no I didn't Glenn. I only used it for the first time against Brest. I have used it a lot more since then and you'll see that in the next update :p
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11 yearsEdited

Match Reports

Olympique Lyonnais 5 – 1 Bastia

Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 25,398

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Umtiti, Fofana, Malbranque, Briand, Hughes, Giacherrini, Lacazette

Subs FIerro, Watt

Goals Lacazette (7), Modeste O.G. (17), Malbranque (28), Briand (pen 41), Fierro (78)

Playing bottom of the table Bastia I once again opted for Michael’s tactic and absolutely blew Bastia out of the water. We had 16 shots on goal, 13 on target and 68% possession. We were as good as they were bad and scored a few good goals. The pleasing thing was seeing Carlos pick up his first goal for the club.

Academica 0 – 3 Olympique Lyonnais

Thursday 8th November 2012 – Europa League Grp A – Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimba – Att. 16,634

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Bisevac, Lovren, Umtiti, Grenier, Gonalons, Briand, Lacazette, Giacherrini, Watt

Subs Mvuemba, Benzia

Goals Umtiti (10), Lacazette (23), Lovren (63)

We lined up 4-2-2-2 with the two AM’s in the wings and dominated a very average game. We were really playing some excellent attacking football, getting 18 shots away and bossing possession 61% even though we were playing away from home. This was very promising and I was pleased with the lads. We have an unbelievably young team but they are coping excellently. Napoli have also kept winning and we both top the table on 10 points now.

Sochaux 2 – 1 Olympique Lyonnais

Sunday 11th November 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade August Bonal, Montbeliard – Att. 15,182

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Dabo, Hughes, Malbranque, Briand, Mvuemba, Giacherrini, Watt

Subs Fierro, Colazo

Goals Fierro (64)

Our first loss of the season came away to Sochaux who were 8th at the time. We were rubbish. We had 11 shots on goal and only 1 on target from Fierro that led to the goal. Sochaux had 10 shots on target! That was outrageous. We lined up 4-2-2-2 again and that was the wrong choice away from home. I knew I had got it wrong and was disappointed more with myself in getting it wrong. We had to take it on the chin and move on.
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Match Reports November cont’d

Olympique Lyonnais 2 - 0 Stade Reims

Saturday 17th November 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 25,513

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Bisevac, Dabo, Fofana, Malbranque, Briand, Colazo, Fierro, Watt

Subs Hughes, Lacazette, Lovren

Goals Kone (2), Briand (85)

We lined up 4-2-2-2 and it was a pretty average game with an easy win for us in the end. The one negative was that Milan Bisevac tore his hamstring and is out for 3 months. Malbranque also got himself sent off in the 89th minute, which was unbelievably stupid of him. The game was won so it wasn’t game changing but that made the dismissal even more stupid. I had words with him and let him know I expected better.

Napoli 3 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais

Thursday 22nd November 2012 – Europa League – San Paolo, Naples – Att. 40,621

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Lovren, Kone, Umtiti, Gonalons, Malbranque, Mvuemba, Briand, Giacherrini, Watt

Subs Dabo, Lacazette, Fofana

Goals Giacherrini (77)

We dominated possession but couldn’t put away our chances and got beat 3-1. I was jumping this way and that with every chance we missed and seeing Napoli score was really frustrating. We lined up 4-1-2-2-1 (4-3-3) and were going to hit them on the counter but they were sat back most of the game so we had the ball. They were the ones that hit us on the counter and scored. They were 3 points ahead of us in the league and were going to top the table. We had one game left but by this stage we had both qualified and it was a dead heat.

Olympique Lyonnais 2 – 1e Lille

Wednesday 28th November 2012 – Coupe de la Ligue, Qtr Final – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 36,915

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Umtiti, Dabo, Gonalons, Hughes, Lacazette, Grenier, Colazo, Benzia

Subs Mvuemba, Briand, Giacherrini

Goals Hughes (64), Benzia (101)

A match up against Lille was going to be a tight affair and it took extra time to separate us. We lined up using Michael’s 4231 but it didn’t was dominating as I would have liked. Both teams ended with 13 shots on goal, we had 5 on target and Lille had 4. It took an extra time goal to separate us but I was happy. Benzia has a habit of scoring important goals for us even though he’s not playing regularly and I was proud of the effort put in by the lads.
Decent month, poor loss to Napoli but you bounced back with the ET win over Lille. Keep it up :)
Michael's tactic seems brilliant but inconsistent :/

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