Here in the process of avoiding Monegasque defender Axel Disasi, Moussa Dembélé again showed his glaring lack of confidence on Sunday against ASM (4-1).
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Extremely effective last season, Moussa Dembélé has still not scored a single goal since resuming Ligue 1 with OL.
For the third time in a row, Karl Toko Ekambi and Tino Kadewere have been successfully preferred by Rudi Garcia.
When he came into play on Sunday night, thirty minutes from the end of the match against AS Monaco (4-1), the former Celtic scorer notably harvested two huge opportunities.
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That it seems far, this double anthology of Moussa Dembélé, on August 15 against Manchester City (3-1), synonymous with the last four of the Champions League.
Two months later, the 24-year-old Lyon striker is completely silent in eight appearances (four starts) in Ligue 1. “When you're on the bench, it's not always easy.
There is always a part of sadness but you have to keep the state of mind to bring your stone to the building when you come into play ”, spontaneously confided the former striker of Celtic, at the end of this crazy summer evening in Lisbon.
His status as a luxury joker in Final 8 was already clearly annoying him, especially after a season as an attacking leader until confinement (16 goals in 27 L1 games), in particular because of the serious knee injury by Memphis Depay.
So imagine the situation today, after a summer transfer window that did not allow him to discover the Premier League, and now that Karl Toko Ekambi but also rookie Tino Kadewere are preferred to him by Rudi Garcia ...
"Moussa is back home", assures Rudi Garcia
Facing Monaco on Sunday, Moussa Dembélé came into play in an absolutely ideal context, half an hour from the end, with three goals in advance and a defense of the ASM in great suffering.
Without real conviction, he did not take the opportunity to revive, missing in passing two huge goal balls (78th and 81st), on the services of Karl Toko Ekambi, author for his part of his second consecutive double.
"Moussa returned well, slipped in a press conference Rudi Garcia, who knows that he can not afford to completely let go of a pure scorer so far so reliable [44 goals and 13 assists in 100 appearances in the jersey of the 'OL].
He was not successful because he was unfortunately offside when he scored [88th].
"Almost all of our attackers were on the right track"
But before that, the Lyon coach recalled how delighted he was with his Aouar-Toko Ekambi-Depay-Kadewere attack, victorious in the last two days of L1.
And this in a style of counterattack and hardly compatible Dembélé depth.
"There was a lot of complicity and combined play between our attackers," said the Lyon coach, citing in passing the "huge match" of Karl Toko Ekambi.
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"Almost all of our attackers were on the right track," insists the former Marseille coach.
It's hard not to see Moussa Dembélé as an exception to the rule on Sunday.
He punctuated his galley evening in a formidable
the most dazzling
, alongside Juninho, to celebrate this 100th appearance with OL, which he would obviously have gone well without.
OL-AS Monaco: Lyon is replacing itself by regaining its sense of the counter-attack and a (finally) effective Toko-Ekambi