One week before the resumption of Ligue 1, OL conceded a draw (2-2) against Inter Milan. Nevertheless, in Cesena, Peter Bosz’s men put on a more than convincing face, playing their best game of the pre-season.
For his last before the resumption, theOL was served in this draw againstInter-Milan (2-2). By choosing the Nerazzurri as the last opponent of its preparation, the Lyon club clearly wanted a prestigious match to repeat its ranges and launch perfectly into this new season. On the lawn of the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena, Peter Bosz’s men clearly did not experience a friendly match. There was a flavor of the European Cup and the intensity throughout the meeting proved it. After more than a month of preparation, the two teams showed that they were physically ready and OL delivered a good face, the most attractive of the pre-season.
Lacazette in the oven and in the mill
Faced with Inter players positioned in 3-5-2, the Lyonnais had difficulty in positioning themselves concerning the pistons, which allowed Lukaku to quickly stand out (2nd), defeated by Anthony lopes. The Lyon goalkeeper often watched the ball narrowly miss his goal (25′, 28′) in Milan’s highlight but for once, OL folded but not broken. Turning their backs, Malo Gusto’s teammates also made the difference in what looked like a low time at the half hour mark. After putting André Onana contribution after 15 minutes of play with a heavy strike from Heat or a class action between Lacazette and Toko Ekambi (18th), OL found the fault thanks to their captain.
A true metronome and facilitator of the Lyon game, Alexandre Lacazette confirmed his revival seen in Rotterdam. Finding himself much better with Lucas Paquetà, “General Lacazette” threw himself on a cross from the Brazilian to score with a header (1-0, 30th). This meeting at least had the merit of making the mouth water (57th) concerning this duo which could wreak havoc if the formerAC Milan is still there on September 2… In this electric meeting (5 yellows), the nerves were put to the test with a Toko Ekambi who did not only make friends in Italy. Captain Lacazette took charge of calming things down, which allowed OL to continue to be dangerous. Much more solid behind, the Lyon club hit the post (43rd) and brought danger to Onana (45th +1) with a Tetê – Gusto connection which is becoming more and more interesting on the right.
A sucker with a bitter taste
With this last game in Cesena, Peter Bosch wanted to have certainty on the desired game plan and worked for more than a month. Whether in the high pressing or in the offensive animation, the Dutch coach can have a smile. Paquetà’s quick counter and concluded by Rayan Cherki just after the locker room (2-0, 48th) shows that theOL can have multiple pallets. Lukaku’s score reduction in stride with a contentious push on Tagliafico added a little more electricity to this encounter. lopes tried to delay the deadline (52nd, 59th) but a little more unbalanced with a declining physique, OL cracked under a high-class sequence from Lautaro Martinez to serve Nicolo barella. The dive of the Italian midfielder was only more subtle (2-2, 65th).
OL may regret having seen their advantage of two goals melt away, especially by touching the uprights as on the head of Dembele (78th). But as has been the case for years, at each prestigious match, the seven-time champions of France were able to respond.