If Olympique Lyonnais remains in a very disappointing eighth place and will have to show much more this season, one constant remains relevant for the Rhone club: its training. Last year, Malo Gusto then Castello Lukeba asserted themselves as important cogs in the Lyon team. Up-and-coming players like Bradley Barcola who played at the end of the season or even Florent Da Silva, loaned to Villefranche, and who is coming out of a high quality Euro U19 with France. Already against Bourg-en-Bresse (4-2 victory) last Saturday, we could observe Irvyn Lomami in his right lane. Holder during the second period, the right side showed great things, both defensively and in projection.
Author of the fourth goal of his following a good run in the back of the defense followed by a shot from the left, the 18-year-old player was congratulated at the end of the match by Peter Bosz: “It’s great for Lomami. He’s part of the squad.” A good mark of confidence from the Dutch coach who decided to use even more young players against Dynamo kyiv on Tuesday. If Irvyn Lomami already seems to be part of the Dutch coach’s plans, the latter was able to see other nuggets in action against the Ukrainian club during the two matches organized at the Pierre Rajon stadium in Bourgoin-Jallieu.
Mohamed El Arouch then the “Masia” of OL
Using several young elements such as Irvyn Lomami, Mohamed El Arouch, Djibrail Dib or even Idris Bounaas in the first match against kyiv, Olympique Lyonnais had a complicated meeting, especially on the physical level against Ukrainians at the end of their preparation and who will play the preliminary rounds of the Champions League. Trailing 1-0 at the break, OL pushed to come back before conceding a goal from Vladyslav Supryaha. But when we thought that the Rhodaniens were going to be resigned, Mohamed El Arouch came out of the woods. As in the Coupe Gambardella final on May 7, won against Caen (1-1/5-4 on penalties), the young Lyon midfielder sent a missile into the top corner of poor Denys Boyko.
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After the meeting, however, lost 3-1, the 18-year-old savored this fine performance crowned with a fine goal: “This is just the beginning, I hope. The coach can count on me, I’m ready for anything, I have extraordinary determination and I have confidence in myself. I want to try to play as much as possible in L1 this season. Besides, Peter Bosz confirmed it in the Lyon group for the coming season. Ambitious and uninhibited, he symbolizes the new generation from Lyon which is arriving in force. While Peter Bosz launched an eleven type in the second match and Castello Lukeba – product of the training center but already a manager – opened the scoring after returning from the locker room, the last period left plenty of room for young people. Thus, the Rhodaniens were organized in 4-3-3 with Kayne Bonnevie in the cages behind Téo Barisic, Philippe Boueye, Marley Felix and Celestino Iala. The midfield was occupied by Noam Bonnet, Sofiane Augarreau and Florent Da Silva while Yahya Soumaré and Bradley Barcola accompanied Sékou Lega in attack.
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A nice band under 20 years old who gave Dynamo kyiv a real nightmare. Arrived with a knife between their teeth, the young Lyonnais quickly doubled the bet with a heavy strike from the right of Philippe Boueye. Then time stood still and a classy movement took place. Multiplying rapid transmissions in the midfield, the young Lyonnais managed to destabilize the opposing block in order to find Sékou Lega in the area who was quick to deceive Ruslan Neshcheret with a nice dive. Winning the match 3-0 by giving pride of place to their young talents, Lyon are making perfect use of this preparation for the moment. What conquered Peter Bosz at the end of the meeting: “I don’t look young or old. I think tonight we saw a good performance from the team. I can’t say that he played better than the other. It was a good performance on the field. We saw when we scored, they were all together and for me, that’s the image of the evening. The future looks bright for OL.