“We are not going to get excited,” Lyon coach Pierre Sage promised on Sunday after his team’s victory against OM (1-0). “We weren't alarmed when we lost, we're not going to get excited this evening either. A reference match is only if it's the first in a series and if it's the starting point of something. We hope so,” explained Pierre Sage at a press conference.
“We hope it will inspire our future matches. The first period was of good quality. Then we were a little tired, less good in the pressing. We fell back and conceded quite a bit in the second half, but we held on,” he also detailed. On an individual level, Sage welcomed the “very fast” adaptation of Nemanja Matic.
He also praised the performance of Ernest Nuamah. “He pushes the opponent to his limits, he makes him retreat, makes him make mistakes. It’s difficult to defend against him,” he explained. The OL coach also said that Alexandre Lacazette finished the match “really tired”. “He managed a lot of certain tactical indisciplines of others, he sacrificed a lot,” he said.