The staging definitely puts Peter Bosz at ease. This Friday the traditional press conference of Olympique Lyonnais prior to receiving FC Girondins de Bordeaux, on Sunday (5:05 p.m.) in Ligue 1, was especially anticipated. Specifically because it came the day after the slap received at the Groupama Stadium against West Ham (0-3), synonymous with elimination from the Europa League in the quarterfinals. And that, in a tense context after the excesses of the fans in Lyon, the future of the Dutch coach had reasons to be questioned.
In fact, the Rhône club have no guarantee of qualifying for a European Cup next season due to their disappointing 10th place in the championship, the (certainly provisional) result of a more than irregular 2021-2022 season. Faced with this inappropriate situation, Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot have decided to invite themselves together with Peter Bosz to confront the media. If the emblematic president of OL and the general director of football have advocated for unity, they have also had strong words regarding the former Ajax coach.
Bosz comfort classes
“The answer we give you in the unit here is that we have found a squad that corresponds to what we need at Olympique Lyonnais. With experience, a foreign culture that was claimed by many journalists, sympathizers. I think that today, after a first year of trial and error (the hiring may not have been directly related to what Peter wanted), we intend to be united, to reflect, how to improve the group»initially dropped JMA.
The main interested party, who had declared after the defeat against the Hammers on Thursday that he did not feel his future was threatened, was a little more restrained, acknowledging that his first year between the Saône and the Rhône had been very hard for him, but also insisting in the fact that he has every intention of meeting the challenge that awaits his team between now and the end of the current financial year. “It is a big challenge for me. Few people believe we will get there. It is a great challenge. […] I will push the players, they are not alone in this. There are 5 weeks and 7 games left, not much to go. I really think it’s possible. It’s a challenge, but we’ll get there.”specifically explained.
OL promises a big summer transfer window
If the boss of Les Gones recognized that there would be “certainly major changes to be made”Above all, he wanted to be very optimistic and reassuring, with an important phrase for the next summer market. “We know we will have the means to invest to meet whatever technical and financial aspirations Peter may have. We hope to continue the adventure. I am already convinced that we can achieve our goals.Classrooms concluded. “I am almost every day with Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot. We talk a lot about our squad and we talk about next year. We not only look at the qualities of the player on the field but also outside. We also look at leadership. It is not obvious”Peter Bosz detailed.
Finally, Vincent Ponsot spoke firmly and clearly, with a strong message conveyed to the entire Lyon club. “The balance, we will do it at the end of the season. There is no lethargy, if the objectives are not met, we will make the necessary decisions. We will learn the lessons of this season at the end of the next seven days. Each one must question themselves, we will have to make the appropriate analysis. We have a better understanding of Peter’s expectations. For us, Maxence is an example of what we want to have in the team of tomorrow. You put it all together, we did a qualitative European campaign. We are living in special circumstances with the wounded.” The players now know what they have to do…