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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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2013-05-19 14:12#102625 Glenn T : Michael's tactic seems brilliant but inconsistent :/

Yeah it's true. You have to pick the right teams to play it against and thats the mid-table/weaker teams that you want to control the game against

Match Reports December

Olympique Lyonnais 0 – 0 Montpellier

Saturday 1st December 2012 – Ligue 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 36,915

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Kone, Lovren, Umtiti, Giaccherini, Malbranque, Fofana, Mvuemba, Colazo, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Briand, Grenier, Hughes

A 0-0 draw that we dominated. We lined up 3-5-2 and it seems we are able to dominate against the top teams when we play this formation but we struggled to score after getting only 3 out of 16 shots on target. There isn’t much else to say but we have kept up the pressure on the top 3 teams as we lie 4th with a game in hand that could take us up to 2nd in the table.

Olympique Lyonnais 3 – 1 Hannover

Thursday 6th December 2012 – Europa League – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 24,865

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Dabo, Hughes, Fofana, Briand, Briand, Colazo, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Mvuemba, Grenier

Goals Lacazette (14, 45+1), Lovren (55)

We set up as a 4-2-2 formation against Hannover in the final group game, knowing we had already qualified in 2nd. This didn’t affect the boys’ concentration as we went out and controlled the game from the start by scoring an early goal. We finished with 61% possession and scored 3 very good goals. Watt and Lacazette had a very good game together with Watt setting up both of Lacazette’s goals.

Saint-Etienne 1 - 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Sunday 9th December 2012 – League 1 – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne – Att. 26,747

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Giaccherini, Mvuemba, Gonalons, Malbranque, Colazo, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Dabo, Hughes, Briand

Goals Gonalons (26), Watt (54)

At the time of playing, Saint-Etienne were first in the league and this was going to be a tough game. We had been playing excellent football all season and I felt this game would be a good opportunity to show that we are able to hash it out with the teams at the top. I went 3-5-2 and even though we were under the cosh throughout the game, we scored 2 very good goals to take the win. I was extremely proud of the boys as we also handed S-E the first loss of their season.

Olympique Lyonnais 3 – 0 Nancy

Wednesday 12th December 2012 – League 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 25,690

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Umtiti, Kone, Lovren, Giaccherini, Mvuemba, Fofana, Malbranque, Briand, Lacazette, Benzia

Subs Watt, Gonalons, Hughes

Goals Lacazette (45+1), Briand (57, 82)

Yet again, we lined up 3-5-2. Ive had some excellent success with this tactic and was confident in it again. We battered Nancy, dominated with 62% possession and 7 shots on target. Lacazette at only 21 has been banging in the goals even if he is played out on the wing and Briand has scored some important goals this season. It is great to see the boys kicking on against a low team with 2 tough matches coming up.

Match Reports December cont’d

PSG 0 – 1 Olympique Lyonnais

Saturday 15th December 2012 – League 1 – Parc des Princes, Paris – Att. 32,915

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Umtiti, Kone, Dabo, Gonalons, Hughes, Fofana, Briand, Lacazette, Watt

Subs Fierro

Goals Briand (41)

Away from home against money-spinners P$G, I decided to go defensive with a 4-3-3 defensive formation. As expected we were dominated but extremely solid at the back and limited the opposition to just 4 shots on target. Briand broke away and went on a mazy dribble before smashing the ball home in to the top corner. A great win against a P$G team that has already sacked Ancelotti and is languishing outside the European places.

Olympique Marseille 0 – 1 Olympique Lyonnais

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – League 1 – Stade Veledrome, Marseille – Att. 42,957

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Umtiti, Lovren, Giaccherini, Malbranque, Mvuemba, Hughes, Colazo, Benzia, Watt

Subs Briand, Muniesa, Fofana

Goals Briand (55)

Again a match against one of the top 3 teams in the league meant I was setting up to pack out the midfield and did so with a 3-5-2 formation. We were helped by Marseille having Romao sent off in the 46th minute and I went more attacking by bringing Briand on. He scored in the 55th minute to give us a priceless win and we sat atop the table for the first time all season. What a great feeling but we had played a game more than 2 of the teams below us and they could overtake us with just a draw. It was fantastic to see Muniesa make his comeback after 3 months out with a torn hamstring.

Olympique Lyonnais 2 – 2 Nice

Saturday 22nd December2012 – League 1 – Stade de Gerland, Lyon – Att. 25,437

Lyon starting XI – Vercoutre, Reveillere, Umtiti, Kone, Dabo, Fofana, Mvuemba, Briand, Grenier, Lacazette, Fierro

Subs Giaccherini

Goals Grenier (28), Umtiti (90+1)

Nice were bottom of the league and I anticipated and easy 3 points. We lined up in Michael’s 4231 tactic and went all out, controlling possession 64% and getting away 18 shots on goal, with 9 of them on target. Yet somehow we managed to fall behind to Nice twice and had to be rescued by Umtiti scoring an injury time equaliser. This was our last game before the Christmas break and I knew we needed the break more than anything. It has been a tough run of games and tough start to the season.

It was time to give the boys a well-deserved break. I was amazed with how well the new squad has gelled and played over the last 4 months. We have had some amazing results and we sit in 2nd place in the league, 1 point behind Montpellier with a game in hand on them, we have progressed in all cup competitions and have drawn Anji Makhachkala in the next round of the Europa League.
Great mate! Next season you need a goalkeeper! P$G have no talent in managing :P
Great result against PSG even if they are 8th that's still a good result. I'm sure you can catch Montpellier.

lolololol. Why have I never seen that before?
2013-05-19 15:39#102662 PaukerJ : Great mate! Next season you need a goalkeeper! P$G have no talent in managing :P

I wanted to sign Bardi but he just signed a new contract at Inter :(

TSO Thanks mate they're all over the place. Would be awesome to get in to that 1st spot but the aim this season is to finish top 3. And hahaha I've used P$G loads :p
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Great Story. Been hooked since the Lisandro update. Pass over the celebratory beverage to me at Nantes lol. I could do with some bleary eyed signings like the ones at Lyon.
Excellent result against P$G!

"I had three points, but P$G bought them- Oh wait."

100th REPLY!
2013-05-19 19:05#102720 Sonalexwild : 100th REPLY!

Haha thanks :D Hope the amount of replies keeps going as I write more and more
Congratulations on 100 replies! 1000 soon? ;)
2013-05-20 05:00#102829 Glenn T : Congratulations on 100 replies! 1000 soon? ;)

Soon? Maybe in a few months :p
Well 200 will be sooner ;)

Youth Prospects

Flicking through my little notebook I saw that I had made that note about going to watch the youth team. It was 7am and they were about to head in to the training ground so I got out there and spoke to the youth coaches before going to watch them. We had a quick conversation about who to keep an eye out for during this session. In came the youngsters and grabbed breakfast. They saw me sitting with their coaches and murmurs broke out between them wondering why I was there. I walked over and told them to have a good breakfast because I want to be impressed and headed out to the pitches.

I had 4 names on the paper that the u19’s manager gave me.

The younger brother of Norwegian winger Ruben, Ulrik joined this summer and at only 16 has represented the U21 Norway national team 3 times already. He is one of the highest rated youth players in the set up at Lyon and with potential like that I am excited to see him develop. I will send him on loan next season to get some first team football and then maybe look to bring him in to the first team squad at Lyon.

An ambitious youngster that joined in the youth intake the previous season, he has played for the reserve team and at 17 years of age will soon be involved in the French youth setup. He recently signed his first professional contract with the club and looks like he could develop into an excellent attacking midfielder. I can see him playing as a winger and being just as effective.

With two midfield prospects, there is another one joining the ranks, primarily as a defensive midfielder. Samuel is a new youth player joining Lyon this summer and at 16 nothing will prevent him from developing. He can also play all down the left side, from left back to an attacking left-winger if need be. As such a useful player, as long as he gets the right guidance, I can see him being an important player for us here at the club.

Dylan is another 16-year-old wonderkid. As a centre back he has a quick turn of speed and he will only get quicker but I can’t wait to push his development and give him the support he needs. I will aim to send him on loan next season, as I want him to get regular first team playing time. These 4 players make up an important part of the spine of the youth team and I know it will only be a matter of time before they start getting the game time in the reserve squad and first team squad.

I kept an eye on all 4 and was extremely impressed with their work ethic and ability. They would be in my plans very soon.

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