It is difficult to speak of a crisis, since OL are at the top of D1 with two points ahead of PSG and keep their destiny in hand in the Champions League when playing in Zurich this Thursday (6:45 p.m.), but some thing is not completely round with the European champion.
“We have a start to the season that we did not think we would have, really not great”, confided Melvine Malard to Clairefontaine, two weeks ago. So decisive last spring, to help the Lyon ogre conquer an eighth European crown, the 22-year-old striker, who extended her contract until 2026 on Tuesday, is going through a slow period. In her defense, she is not alone: sluggish efficiency tops the list of ailments that have been bothering OL in recent weeks. The narrow victory against Le Havre this Sunday (1-0) confirmed the trend.
Lyon chained a fifth game in a row in all competitions without scoring more than one goal, a first for them… since October-December 2005 (6)! In D1, the Lyonnaises have only scored 17 goals in 8 games, without having played their main rivals (PSG and Paris FC), below their standards for the past fifteen years. The share of set pieces in the number of achievements in the Championship (7/17 or 43%) is another indicator of the difficulties of surprising and finishing in the game. “We get a lot of chances, but we don’t convert enough, analyzes coach Sonia Bompastor. We work on him a lot in training on different situations, shots on goal, sequences against low blocks, crosses, with specific work. »
Hegerberg leaves a big void
The weight of the absence of Ada Hegerberg is becoming heavier, while no return date has yet been advanced for the Norwegian, who is treating leg pain and prefers to give herself time to understand and analyze the response of his body after his terrible string of serious injuries between January 2020 and October 2021. A point must be made in January with the club. “We miss her experience and her quality as a finisher”concedes Bompastor.
“The players have quality and need a little click in terms of confidence”
Without her, neither the American Catarina Macario (knee), revelation of last season, nor Amel Majri (recently mother), who will play again at best at the end of December, the line of attack coughs, and the various staff tries have not not been conclusive. “I have to find the rhythm I had in my performances, the power, hurt my opponent, not ask myself questions”, slips Malard on his personal case. Eugénie Le Sommer and Delphine Cascarino, although more experienced, have the same procedure to follow. “We already had difficult times last season, but we bounced back really well. We are able to do it again, the season is still long”positive Malard.
A click against Zürich would be welcome, in order to see the European spring again, hoping that everything will bloom again. “The players have quality and need a bit of a boost in terms of confidence, I really hope it will be against Zurich”concludes Bompastor, who records the great return of the German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, seriously injured in the knee in April, but will be deprived of Amandine Henry, hit in a calf.
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