The president of Olympique Lyonnais took stock of the start of the season and the summer transfer window achieved by the Gones.
Olympique Lyonnais are looking great this season. Despite the departure of Memphis Depay last summer, OL have retained a very competitive team with the emergence of Lucas Paqueta, the arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri Emerson and Jérôme Boateng, as well as the appointment of Peter Bosz at the head of the team. first team. An ambitious transfer window to allow OL to regain the Champions League next season, but if Lyon does not achieve this goal, it will necessarily have to sell.
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In an interview with OL TV, Jean-Michel Aulas took stock of Lyon’s financial situation and took the opportunity to take stock of the last summer transfer window: “We tried to recruit smart but that did not prevent us from recruiting a world champion (Boateng), a double European champion (Emerson) and a player who comes from Liverpool and who won multiple trophies (Shaqiri) . We also have two Brazilian internationals in our team with Paqueta and Guimaraes “.
“We were able to keep our players from the Academy with the signing of many professional contracts. Like every year, we will be making sales. I cannot promise that we will be able to keep our best players. But we will be even more demanding. Only those whose pressure was too great to keep them will leave.If players have to leave, they will have to be replaced.“, added the president of Olympique Lyonnais.
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Jean-Michel Aulas is already thinking about the winter transfer window: “When we look at all the posts, we have a lot of solutions. We plan to be able to strengthen ourselves. But I am not sure that the coach or the sports director has the obligation. The question will have to be asked again in December. Juninho and Vincent Ponsot are preparing for it. If necessary, we can do it but not sure that we need it. In view of the CAN in January, we hope to find Jeff Reine-Adélaïde. There are also some players who ask to play more, especially those from the Academy. I have absolute confidence in the coach. He knows the management of young people. He is the best judge of whether Cherki should play more. Maybe during the CAN period, things will change for the better. We all want Academy players to express themselves “.
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The president of OL expressed his club’s ambitions: “We have made significant changes in sport with the arrival of Sonia Bompastor and Peter Bosz. This corresponds to the model we wanted to put in place. In the field of training, we are again third at the European level behind Real and Barça. The objectives are very clear, it is to return to the Champions League. We also want to play a role in the Europa League. We have the best UEFA clue with Napoli in this competition. We are concentrating to go to the as far as possible and why not win it “.
He also commented on the start of the season: “We stupidly lost points, we’ll fix it. The night of the match against Nice, there are tensions. I was at the stadium. All statisticians could say that we had a better chance of winning this match than losing it. There is no need to worry. I understand Peter Bosz’s speech. We improved in the game. We lost points because of our indiscipline, sometimes because of the indiscipline of the VAR. Analysts think we will end the season very well. I have very strong confidence in Peter. There is no explanation for Sunday’s game.