Currently 8th in Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais will have to win their last 4 games to hope to play in European competition next season. This mission promises to be complicated because this final sprint begins this Sunday with a dangerous trip to the Vélodrome for a long-awaited Olympico. On the road to recovery, Anthony Lopes spoke at a pre-match press conference.
“Mathematically it is feasible so we will believe in it until the end”
While the Lyonnais remained on a 5-game streak without defeating TCC and were still in the fight to win the Europa League, the best gone since the start of the season was injured in Strasbourg on account of matchday 31. After this thigh injury, OL lost heavily in the quarter-final second leg against West Ham, ending any hope of playing in the Champions League next season. However, 5th place is still accessible after winning 2 of the last 3 games and the whole team seems motivated if we believe the words of the Portuguese goalkeeper. “I think everyone suffered from the elimination from the Europa League and what happened after. We can’t go back. We have to look forward. Mathematically it is feasible so we will believe in it until the end.
As for injuries, if Caqueret, Cherki, Denayer, Diomande, Dubois and Ndombele cannot take their place, the goalkeeper evokes his desire to be present at the Vélodrome on Sunday “I hope to be present on Sunday. We are going in the right direction. We are doing it step by step. This Friday I will have one last big test to see if I am fit. It was complicated. We took our time.” “
To conclude, Anthony Lopes says that his team is moving to get the 3 points, the team is confident because they won the first leg and it is their last chance to save their season: “We will have to respond in all areas. We go with the ambition of getting the three points. It is not an easy season. It is normal. The dressing room has a vindictive mood. We focus on the field”. “We will have to build on the good things done in the first leg. We went for the 3 points at the end of the game. No matter which team comes to us, we have to win. We had a lot of failures, so what to do with the forces present.
Before this decisive match, there is no doubt that Peter Bosz’s players will support the Parisians who travel to Strasbourg, the Bordelais who host Nice and the Angevins who go to Monaco!