In their most beautiful summer dreams, the Lyon leaders hoped to refine their workforce, to shed the weight of certain players to have less dense competition. When the heavyweights of the last Championship will be able to take advantage of midweek matches in Europe, OL’s stricter regime forces the club to take a meticulous approach to the forces present. The trip, this Wednesday evening, to Lorient, postponed due to the state of the field in mid-August when the interceltic festival had destroyed the lawn, however allows Lyon to continue since Monaco is looming on Sunday. This could help silence some impatience.
But the norm of the weekly meeting will take over, generating classic concerns of overcrowding. Even more problematic: Lyonnais will have to be removed from the list of 20 registered on the sheet.
Against Angers, Bosz was without Sinaly Diomandé and Houssem Aouar, not to mention the absence of Jérôme Boateng, still in the recovery phase. “Since Houssem and Sinaly had been injured, reminds the coach, they had only trained with the group completely two or three times, so they were not ready for me. » Single reason? “That could be the reason but they were also really busy with their transfer. And I want players at 100% mentally. »
Traffic jam in the middle
The closing of the transfer window put an end to the uncertainties. Bosz spoke with the two men to find out their state of mind before this trip to Brittany. And he chose to leave Aouar at home. Knowing that the potential replacements remain immovable (Rémy Riou, Henrique, Da Silva, Favre, Reine-Adélaïde, Dembélé, Barcola, Cherki), the noose is tightening on the international (1 selection).
And we are not talking about Mohamed El Arouch, one of the young hopefuls of the region who hopes to appear in the workforce. “There is competition in the middle, Bosz admits. It’s up to the players to show me that they have to be there. In the last three matches, I also had a squad of 19 players on the score sheet. So there is room for a player. » Who is Diomandé in Lorient. The coach knows that only success helps to advance even if on the bench, potential executives could find the time long like Moussa Dembélé, author of two goals during his recent entries.
“For me, it already starts with: “Is the player training well?”, underlines Bosz. Musa, that’s it. And in addition, he scores two goals (Reims, 1-1, and Angers 5-0). Could this push the Dutchman to associate him with Alexandre Lacazette in front? “The two can play together”, he points out.
For good psychological management, Bosz, upon his return to the locker room after Angers, wanted to salute the role of the substitutes, capable of keeping the first clean sheet of the season. He will have to show finesse, tact at least until the winter transfer window to keep all these balances. Hence the importance of continuing to win.