D-29. On August 5 at 9 p.m., Olympique Lyonnais will start their 2022-23 season against AC Ajaccio at Groupama Stadium. This will be Les Gones’ second exercise under the orders of Peter Bosz, confirmed by Jean-Michel Aulas and the new majority shareholder John Textor. After a difficult first year, the Dutch technician knows he is expected, he who works closely with Vincent Ponsot (Director of Football) and Bruno Cheyrou (Head of Recruitment). The latter have also offered him several reinforcements of choice.
Besides the arrival of young Johann Lepenant and the new loan from Tetê, Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso have returned home. Anthony Lopes and Maxence Caqueret have extended. The club are now waiting for Rayan Cherki to do the same. Good news for Peter Bosz, welcomed by the 1,400 supporters present this Thursday morning at the training center to attend the day’s session. After that, he appeared in front of the press to discuss the coming season and the transfer window, starting with the returns of Lacazette and Tolisso.
Bosz is delighted with the returns of Lacazette and Tolisso
“They are well-known players here. They have a lot of experience. It is more important today after 5 years away from Lyon. They’re coming back here and that’s a very good thing for us and for those who love OL. I expect a lot from them, that they play at their level and that they help the team by bringing their experience. Last year, we talked from time to time about leaders. They are two players who know the club and the top level well. They played abroad, that gives a plus. I hope they will pass that on to the team.”
With such recruits, Bosz is under a bit more pressure. Not necessarily to listen to it. “In a big club like Lyon, there is always pressure. When you can work with two players of this experience, it’s not pressure, but a challenge. I only see the positive sides”. The coach was also happy to be able to count on his entire squad, which will enable him to prepare for the new season as well as possible. On the other hand, Peter Bosz announced that his squad would soon be reduced, especially since OL have no European Cup to play for.
A group that will shrink
“Some will leave. It’s necessary. I was with 34 players today, including the goalkeepers. There are young people who are there too. But there are too many of us, that’s for sure. Maybe we will recruit for one or two positions.. A left side is expected. OL would also agree with Ajax Amsterdam for Nicola Tagliafico according to The Team. Asked about the subject, Bosz kicked into touch. “I have no news on that. We are looking for a left-back. (…) Many clubs are looking for this position. But there are not many people. It is an important and difficult position..
Regarding departures, the coach was more talkative. “Yes, I spoke with some players (who have desires to leave). But I will talk to everyone. We all have the same interest, which is that they train well and be ready when a club comes next. All the players are doing well in training.”. Regarding Léo Dubois and Jérôme Boateng, potential candidates for departure, he confided: “it’s me who decides. We will see after five weeks and where they play.. Nothing is yet decided concerning them. Asked about Lucas Paqueta, who is of interest to several clubs, Bosz gave another speech.
The Paqueta case is not settled
“I want to keep all the good players. But you have to be realistic. There is the player, whose choice is important on this, the club and the other clubs. It is a game between different parties. Lucas is a very good player. But it depends on what he wants too.. At the end of the contract in a year, Moussa Dembélé wants to stay. And the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette does not necessarily condemn him according to his coach. “We can play with one or two strikers. There are many possibilities”.
Peter Bosz will therefore have a choice, he who admitted that there would be change. “I spoke a lot with the leaders and the staff. There are things that will change. Many things. We talk about the field, but also outside. Tactically too, there will be change. The players we recruited, we didn’t have them last year. The philosophy remains the same. We want to win, play offensively, but tactically, we will change things.. Season 2 of Peter Bosz at OL promises.