After the European disillusionment against West Ham, Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot appeared at a press conference alongside Peter Bosz this Friday. Unity was notably advocated there, around a strong common discourse.
The staging definitely reassures Peter Bosz. This Friday, the traditional press conference of Olympique Lyonnais before the reception of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Sunday (5:05 p.m.) in Ligue 1, was particularly awaited. In particular because it came the day after the slap received at Groupama Stadium against West Ham (0-3), synonymous with elimination from the Europa League in the quarter-finals. And that, in a tense context after excesses of supporters in Lyon, the future of the Dutch coach had reason to be questioned.
The Rhone club is indeed not at all guaranteed to qualify for a European Cup next season due to its disappointing 10th place in the league, the (admittedly provisional) result of a more than irregular 2021-2022 season. . Faced with this unsuitable situation, Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot have decided to invite themselves alongside Peter Bosz to face the media. If the emblematic president of OL and the director general of football have advocated unity, they have also had strong words with regard to the former coach of Ajax.
Aulas comforts Bosz
“The answer we give you in the unit here is that we have found a staff that corresponds to what we need at Olympique Lyonnais. With experience, a foreign culture that was claimed by many journalists, supporters. I think that today, after a first year of trial and error (recruitment may not have been directly related to what Peter wanted), we intend to be united, to reflect, to how to improve the group»initially dropped JMA.
The principal concerned, who had declared after the defeat against the Hammers on Thursday that he did not feel his future threatened, was a little more restrained, acknowledging that his first year between Saône and Rhône had been very trying for him, but also insisting on the fact that he fully intends to meet the challenge that awaits his team between now and the end of the current financial year. “It’s a big challenge for me. Few people think we will get there. It’s a big challenge. […] I will push the players, they are not alone in this. There are 5 weeks and 7 matches left, it’s not long. I really believe it is possible. It’s a challenge, but we’ll get there.”he explained in particular.
OL promises a big summer transfer window
If the boss of Les Gones recognized that there would be “certainly important changes to be made”he especially wanted to be very optimistic and reassuring, with a sentence that is important in view of the next summer transfer window. “We know that we will have the means to invest to meet the technical and economic aspirations that Peter may have. We hope to continue the adventure. Already, I am convinced that we can achieve our objectives.concluded Aulas. “I am almost every day with Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot. We talk a lot about our squad and we talk about next year. We do not only look at the qualities of the player on the field but also outside. We also look at leadership. This is not obvious”detailed Peter Bosz.
Finally, Vincent Ponsot spoke firmly and clearly, with a strong message passed on to the entire Lyon club. “The balance sheet, we will do it at the end of the season. There is no lethargy, if the objectives are not met, we will make the necessary decisions. We will learn the lessons of this season at the end of the next seven days. Everyone must question themselves, we will have to do the right analysis. We have a better understanding of Peter’s expectations. For us, Maxence is an example of what we want to have in the team of tomorrow. You put everything together, we did a qualitative European campaign. We are living in special circumstances with the injured.” Players now know what they have to do…