The dismayed mine of the Lyon president Saturday night after the draw of his team (0-0) against Dijon says a lot about the current situation in Lyon, 17th in the ranking of Ligue 1 after ten days. Just inducted into the coaching position, Rudi Garcia is already in the sights of Lyon fans. The atmosphere is not looking good at OL before moving on Wednesday night in Lisbon to face Benfica in the Champions League. After Sylvinho's dismissal, did Jean-Michel Aulas again make a bad choice by opting for Rudi Garcia? Chroniclers and consultants from Europe 1 debated the issue Sunday evening in Europe 1 Sport.
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What is good for Rudi Garcia is that he has a group of players with very great potential. The squad is of quality, now, do players want to make the effort for him ...
Before even discussing the question of the legitimacy of Rudi Garcia, Marc Libbra evokes a context "very particular" in Lyon. "It's still amazing to see this banner pretty big." He gets mocked before, at half-time, after the match, I want the fans to have the right to speak, but at one point he must stop, "said the former OM player for whom Rudi Garcia has" the ability to evolve this team. "
"What's good for Rudi Garcia is that he has a group of players with great potential, the squad is of quality, now, do the players want to make the effort for him? ... "Marc Libbra wonders.
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Appointing a French coach, Aulas "backs up"
It is not the experience of the coach passed by Saint-Etienne, Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, AS Rome and Marseille that is in question. During his stay at OM between 2016 and 2019, Rudi Garcia was often virulent against OL and its president, Jean-Michel Aulas. For the journalist Ambre Godillon, he is the "displayed rival of the club and the typical profile of Genesio", which he recovers the staff.
With the difference that Bruno Genesio was a product Lyon. Marc Libbra emphasizes the difficulty of integrating with the OL, a club that has the habit of relying on the internal members of the club. For his part, Javier Prieto Santos, a journalist with So Foot, believes Olympique Lyonnais "is backing down" by taking over a French coach after opting for Brazilian coach Sylvinho at the start of the season.
The credibility of "JMA" in question
And that's the whole question: what is Jean-Michel Aulas's strategy? Ambre Godillon criticizes the Lyon leader for "not giving time" to his coaches, despite his status as "best president of France". "It can not be cleared" for these casting errors, she says, judging that "Jean-Michel Aulas overestimates the people to whom he gives full powers", as with Juninho, for example. *
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The choice to name the legendary free-kick shooter of the OL of the beginning of the century to the position of sports director questions weighs on the credibility of "JMA". Because if the coming of Sylvinho and Rudi Garcia are largely the responsibility of Juninho, it is to the president Jean-Michel Aulas that returns the final decision. The next two meetings, in Benfica and against Metz, will provide a first real insight into what can bring Rudi Garcia to a team today relegated to seven points of the podium of the L1 and still in contention for the qualification to the 8th final of the Champions League.