Three of Olympique Lyon’s four defenders stumbled across the penalty area and over each other, while Toulouse striker Rafael Ratao snuck out and shot in undisputed to make it 1-1. That grotesque scene from last Friday sealed the end of coach Peter Bosz at “OL” – after a string of four defeats and now this insufficient draw against a newly promoted team.
The ridiculous fall of the players in this scene suited the unfortunate, perpetually bumpy partnership between Dutch football coach Bosz, who always seems a bit melancholy, and Lyon, the Rhone club that actually poses as Paris Saint’s main legitimate rivals. -Germain sees, but for years stumbled upon his own claims. “After the game in Toulouse, we were sure that we would not achieve the goals we had set,” said OL President Jean-Michel Aulas on Monday. You had to make decisions “that fit our ambitions”.
In the end it didn’t work out, also because Bosz didn’t seem to train the players enough. The accusation that the units were already too lax in preparation, leaving the team lacking competitive strength, is staunch. 58-year-old Bosz, who previously drove for Dortmund and Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, also failed in Lyon to inject enough creativity into the team that had been pimped up in the summer. The departure of Lucas Paquetá (West Ham) could not be compensated despite spectacular signings such as Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern) and Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).
One of the mysterious personnel decisions: Jérôme Boateng no longer played a role.
In addition, Bosz took personnel decisions that observers of the Competition 1 Confusion generated – such as the conversion from midfielder Thiago Mendes to central defender. The Brazilian has made seven serious blunders since February, stopping goals; he also played a key role in Toulouse’s equalizing goal. In the back there are alternatives, especially Jérôme Boateng, 34, who has not played a minute this season, initially due to persistent muscle problems.
But the 2014 German world champion has long reported that he is “in the best physical condition,” Boateng recently announced. The same goes for Houssem Aouar, 24, who is considered one of the most creative midfielders in the league but has played no part in Bosz’s plans since a move to Nottingham Forest fell through in the summer. He also hopes for a comeback under the new coach.
Recently, this new coach has often been traded in as the first candidate when a coach change was in the pipeline at a major European club: Laurent Blanc, 56, was also more often on the list at Lyon, but club patron Aulas decided against Blanc and for Rudi in 2019 Garcia (who made way for Bosz in 2021). This time the choice fell quickly on the former international and coach of the French national team (2010 to 2012), who already won four championships as club coach with Bordeaux (2009) and Paris Saint-Germain (2014 to 2016) and has since been resigned. at the Qatari club Al-Rayyan was unemployed in February.
Poor results in the league and Asian Champions League had resulted in Blanc being sacked for the first time in a season in his career. Aulas said Monday that he was “very happy to welcome Laurent”. He replied politely that he was “happy even though the situation is complicated”.
The pressure on “Le Président”, as the southern Frenchman Blanc has been called since he has been active, must be high from the start: after predecessor Bosz missed international business with the Lyonnais last season, it has to get back on track this time. American investor John Textor, who will take over the majority of the shares in the coming days, will probably pass this demand on to the new man on the command bridge in no uncertain terms. According to the newspaper L’Equipe Textor’s approval for the change of coach was obtained as Bosz’s severance package comes on top of the club’s already significant debts, which the Missouri billionaire is taking on. Blanc should still be given a decent starting capital to adapt the squad in the winter according to his ideas.