Lyon beat Manchester City on Saturday night to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second time in their history, but they stay in a very challenging position. After ending up seventh in Ligue 1 and stopping working to certify for Europe for the very first time in a generation, the clubs firebrand president, Jean-Michel Aulas, was so incensed by the leagues choice to truncate the 2019-20 campaign that he took them to court, chastising them in a detailed open letter along the way. The truth is that his problems were also a diversion for a club that will have to deal with the music no matter when their Champions League project draws to a conclusion.
He did not quite get Lyon over the line in the league but he most likely would have protected them a Europa League place had the season played out to its natural conclusion. Garcia is winning ties in spite of Juninhos acquisitions rather than due to the fact that of them and that is progressively troublesome for the club– specifically if there is a significant exodus once their Champions League project ends.
Rudi Garcia positions with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and sporting director Juninho. Picture: Romain Lafabregue/AFP through Getty Images
Now comes the hard part for Lyon. Garcia may not be the way forward for the club.
He has actually struggled to adjust to the quicker pace of the French game and has left his colleagues at the back terribly exposed., and Cornets conversion to left-back, he is now third option. Mendes, too, has been underwhelming, with first Lucas Tousart and now Bruno Guimarães much better in the holding midfield role.
Reine-Adélaïde is most likely exempt from this criticism and he is likely to play a larger function next season must Aouar depart. Tino Kadewere, who got here from Le Havre in January as the leading scorer in Ligue 2, might yet show a good buy.
Total though, Juninhos record in the transfer market has actually been bad, particularly when one includes the EUR8m the club invested in Brazilian midfielder Jean Lucas, who has no hope of a beginning place next season. Aulas enjoys saying that Lyon have a “club DNA” and this holds true given the teams ongoing dependence on young skill. Juninho should understand this, given the amount of time he invested betting the club, however his recruitment policy does not reflect it.
Garcia is winning ties in spite of Juninhos acquisitions rather than because of them and that is significantly bothersome for the club– specifically if there is a significant exodus once their Champions League campaign ends. Lyons brilliant chairman now faces a dilemma of percentages even more legendary than his teams Champions League win at the weekend.
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Lyon beat Manchester City on Saturday night to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the 2nd time in their history, however they remain in a really challenging position. After ending up seventh in Ligue 1 and failing to receive Europe for the very first time in a generation, the clubs firebrand president, Jean-Michel Aulas, was so incensed by the leagues choice to truncate the 2019-20 campaign that he took them to court, chastising them in a detailed open letter along the way. Offered that other big leagues handled to finish their seasons, Aulas now stands in the right. The fact is that his problems were also a distraction for a club that will have to face the music no matter when their Champions League campaign draws to a conclusion.
Lyon spent lavishly last summer by their standards– something they have not had the ability to carry out in the years given that the disastrous purchases of Yoann Gourcuff, Ederson and Aly Cissokho left the club as poor on the pitch as on their balance sheet. The advancement of academy players, such as Alexandre Lacazette, Nabil Fékir and Corentin Tolisso helped them through some lean years.
There is still a bunch of promising youngsters on the books– most especially Houssem Aouar and Maxence Caqueret– but the club has blown the cash they made from turning more youthful players (Lucas Tousart to Hertha Berlin, Mariano Diaz to Real Madrid, Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham and Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid) on pricey imports. Lyon made three of their most costly purchases of all time last summertime, in the form of Jeff Reine-Adélaïde for EUR27.5 m, Joachim Andersen for EUR24m and Thiago Mendes for EUR25m. All three were left on the bench by Rudi Garcia on Saturday night.
When Juninho Pernambucano took over as sporting director last year, he chose fellow Brazilian Sylvinho to change the embattled Bruno Génésio as manager. Lyon were going to pieces domestically at the time of his sacking, sitting 14th in Ligue 1 after a toothless defeat to Saint-Étienne in the derby. And, despite being offered a reasonably kind group in the Champions League, it looked as if they were heading for a swift removal.
Garcia was generated as a knowledgeable head. He did not rather get Lyon over the line in the league however he most likely would have protected them a Europa League location had the season played out to its natural conclusion. He has actually been more effective in the cups. Even though Reine-Adélaïde and Memphis Depay were absent, Garcia led Lyon to deep runs in the domestic cups– they lost to PSG in the Coupe de France semi-finals and the Coupe de la Ligue final– and he has continued that impressive form in Europe.