Ligue 1. The last chance season for Peter Bosz at OL?

After a failed first season on the banks of the Rhône, Peter Bosz has a second chance to put OL back on track. Recruited last summer to allow Lyon to find the heights, the Dutch coach has not yet worked miracles and few people still imagined him on the Rhone bench this season. After his first six months, even he could already see himself outside. “Normally, I would have been fired in relation to the results, being 13e in a club that wants to play for the Champions League”said the former coach of Borussia Dortmund.

In the end, the result is not really much better with an 8e place in Ligue 1 and a disastrous elimination in the Europa League against West-Ham (1-1, 0-3), despite a fairly large squad. This is the worst record since the 1996-1997 season for OL, which will not play in the European Cup for the second time in 25 years.

“We leave with hope and a lot of confidence”

But Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of OL, and Vincent Ponsot, the director of football, firmly believe in Peter Bosz’s ability to do great things in the capital of Gaul and have decided to offer him a second chance. Within the club, the vision of football, the profile of trainer and the personality of the Dutchman are very popular. “It feels like Peter Bosz has been there for many years, he is present with the staff, follows everything, and it shows. It is appreciated « confided a member of OL to the Progress beginning of July.

In line with the Lyon leaders on the need to rediscover this « OL DNA », the 58-year-old coach is working together on the club’s renewal project with Jean-Michel Aulas, Vincent Ponsot and Bruno Cheyrou to define the outlines of recruitment and the new state of mind to adopt next season. “We were very disappointed, but we are leaving with hope and a lot of confidence”assured Peter Bosz during a back-to-school press conference.

It remains to be seen whether he will manage to find the magic formula on the pitch for OL to regain their usual standards. Renowned for his very attacking game, Peter Bosz led Ajax Amsterdam to the Europa League final in 2017 and made two exceptional starts to the season with Dortmund and Leverkusen. Since his arrival in France, this « attractive » game philosophy has not often been found.

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But after a year in Ligue 1, the Gones technician now has a finer knowledge of the French championship and has a workforce almost in place with a recruitment in which he had a say. Anyway, Peter Bosz knows it, another season of this caliber will not pass on the side of OL. Especially since the new American shareholder, John Textor, who wants immediate results, may not be patient and is waiting for positive signals from the first championship matches.

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