Lyon coach, Pierre Sage, did not hide behind his team's victory (2-1) on Sunday in Montpellier, in a duel of poorly classified players on the 21st day of Ligue 1, explaining that the content of the match had disappointed him. “We are not happy with our match, but the result is positive,” he said in the post-match conference. “We are putting ourselves in a funny situation,” he continued, referring to the opening of the Montpellier score by ex-Stéphanois Arnaud Nordin in the 23rd minute.
“Collective values had to emerge to give hope. We did an interesting thing. When we equalized, we continued to attack. Alexandre Lacazette (74th) equalized, then Maxence Caqueret scored the winning goal (82nd).
But Pierre Sage regretted that his players did not take the break. “We have the ball several times to make it 2-1, or 3-1. Our match really needs to be questioned. We don't have any rhythm. We have few intentions. We managed the first period poorly at the tactical level. We opened up to Montpellier who plays very well forward,” he assures.
The new Lyon coach, arriving in the heart of autumn and reinforced during the winter break, retains the state of mind which allowed OL to overthrow Montpellier in the last quarter of an hour. “This is the first time that we have overturned a result to win. But the style score really doesn't match the result. The mobilization of the players allowed other values to emerge at the end of the match.”