On the one hand, there are the statistics. On the other hand, there is the context. In the first category, OL is one of the best defenses in Ligue 1, it is undeniable, with four goals conceded, which is as many as Paris Saint-Germain and only one more than Olympique de Marseille, the best defense . Above all, Lyon is second behind Paris in the »expected goal against » – the »expected goals against » in VF – or the achievements that the team should have taken depending on the dangerousness of the opposing opportunities.
The formation of Peter Bosz has only 3.39, against 3.30 at PSG. At the other end of this very particular but instructive ranking is Clermont (14.38 xgA). This means that the Lyonnais have rarely put themselves in a position to concede goals since the start of the season and that, the Dutch coach has seen: « The chances against us, there are not many when you look closely … Against Auxerre, it’s true, we conceded two big ones and luckily Riou did well with two good saves. But on the other matches, no. We took two penalties and goals against. »
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Then comes the second category, the context, to qualify all this a little. Lyon played one match less than their direct opponents – because of the state of the Lorient lawn – which obviously benefits them. And Lyon also conceded a goal per game, which annoys Bosz. Finally, the Rhone club has not yet faced Ligue 1 leaders (Ajaccio, Troyes, Reims and Auxerre). His next two meetings are no exception to this rule: Angers at home this Saturday, therefore, and Lorient away on Wednesday, in a late match.
The first real tests will take place in the form of a terrible triptych: trip to Monaco (September 11), reception of Paris (September 18) and trip to Lens (October 2). Does Bosz impatiently wait for these shocks to know what his team is really worth and, at the same time, his defense? » Nope ! I’m waiting for the Angers match, replies the Batavian dryly. I always talk about the next opponent, not those after. I always ask the players to be focused on the next game, so I do the same. » Not stupid.
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