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It’s an anecdote that could make some people cringe in the Rhône. Now installed for two years on the bench of ASSE, Claude Puel was once the coach of Olympique Lyonnais, club with which he reached the semi-final of the Champions League. During his time at Stade Gerland, he also offered Ligue 1 one of the most beautiful matches in its history, with a splendid 5-5 against Olympique de Marseille. In an interview with France Football, he returned to this historic meeting in width, above all by revealing an anecdote of the failed recruitment of a certain Luis Suarez.
Indeed, he explains how his club tried to replace Karim Benzema: “Karim had left, Fred had left us a little earlier. A page had been turned. And we needed a high level to replace this duo. At the time, we had hesitated for a long time between Lisandro and Luis Suarez, then at Ajax Amsterdam. I really liked this player, but, in the end, we chose Lisandro who came from Porto with more important European references. “
If the Argentine made the Gerland stadium dream, he did not have the same career as Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan capsized successively Liverpool and Anfield, Barça and Camp Nou, Atlético Madrid and Wanda Metropolitano, winning almost all the trophies possible, while Lisandro having a series of bad experiences to currently evolve at the Racing Club.
Luis Suarez, the striker passed by Barça and Liverpool, could have joined Olympique Lyonnais (OL), but the Gones preferred to recruit Lisandro Lopez. Claude Puel tells this anecdote in the columns of France Football.