Lyon come back empty-handed with prospect of losing key players – football news – sportstar
If Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi of Olympique Lyonnais had found the back of the net in the first 16 minutes against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the Champions League may have had its very first all-French final.
Instead, Paris St Germain will now face the German champions as Lyon return home empty-handed and without the opportunity to right those wrongs next season after failing to qualify for the premier club competition. ‘Europe.
Ligue 1 was the only leading league in the ‘Big Five’ to end its season prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Lyon in seventh place on a points-per-game basis – thus missing the Europa League as well.
The 3-0 score flatters Bayern while Lyon had their chances but playing only for their second semi-final on the big stage, their inexperience cost them dearly while their German opponent was clinical thanks to a masterclass by Serge Gnabry .
The Lyon players have learned a valuable lesson, but whether they will be present next season to put them into practice for the French club remains unclear, with some performances catching the attention of Europe’s biggest teams. Midfielder Houssem Aouar was one of Lyon’s most notable players in this campaign, but he may have played his last game for the club with French media reporting that Arsenal would be interested in signing the talented player. 22 years old.
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Lyon’s top scorer Moussa Dembele, who has scored 24 goals this season, can move on as well, with Lyon sporting director Juninho not biting his words when he talks about their future.
“There will be starts but I’m not worried,” Juninho said. âWhen we have players who play very well in a competition like this, like Moussa and Houssemâ¦ We will have to show the same spirit to be back in the Champions League next season. The goal now is to continue working immediately with Ligue 1 … We will have to work. If we continue like this, we will be back in this competition.
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia gestures from the sideline in Wednesday’s Champions League game. – AP
Lyon does not have time to dwell on the defeat with Ligue 1 which resumes its season this weekend.
Rudi Garcia’s side will play their first game next week and the Frenchman is aware that the semi-final exit may have taken a toll on the players. “We have a psychological job to do with the players to quickly refocus on the league because we can’t afford a bad start,” Garcia said, adding that the future of key players was not in his hands. but the president of the club Jean-Michel. Aulas.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen … But when we look at the squad, I didn’t have to make it to the Champions League semi-finals to find out how good my players are.”