While OL President Jean-Michel Aulas is pleased to see his club still in the running on all fronts, Lyon coach Rudi Garcia once again complained on Friday about the intensity of the schedule imposed to his team.
"The priority is obviously Ligue 1 and it is Sunday 3:00 p.m. against Strasbourg, there are no other priorities. Then we will face Metz again in the championship ", said Friday Rudi garcia, asked about the OL program. The Rhone club will chain three meetings in the coming days: against Juventus Turin, on February 26 in the Champions League, against Saint-Etienne for the derby in Ligue 1, on March 1 and against Paris Saint-Germain in half final of the French Cup, March 4.
"Great players in the infirmary"
"If I can say something, it's just that all of November, all of December and all of January, we played every three days. All the month of February we are going to play every three days and in March, until the international break it may look like it too "added the technician.
"Just a little reminder for those who make the calendars and I know that it is not easy, the machine, (…) it has trouble turning with all the elements that we put in it. Let’s not be surprised that we have players and especially great players in the infirmary", Estimated Rudi garcia.
A regular club
Olympique Lyonnais, qualified in European competition continuously since 1997, that is to say for 23 years, is nevertheless used to the management of this type of calendar with sequences of matches twice a week. Qualified in the final of the League Cup, in the semi-final of the French Cup, in the eighth final of the Champions League, OL is currently 9th in Ligue 1.