Eighth in Ligue 1 at the end of a trying 2021-22 season, Anthony Lopes still does not accept OL’s sad balance sheet. The Lyon goalkeeper dropped strong words.
Despite having ended its 2021-22 fiscal year with a victory at Clermont (2-1), Olympique Lyonnais is coming out of a more than difficult season. Between the fiasco in the Coupe de France against Paris FC, the departure of Juninho this winter and more than disappointing results in the Championship, OL have lived through catastrophic months. Anthony Lopes, surely one of the only satisfactions of the season, returned to this failure by explaining that he still had not digested this eighth place in Ligue 1 and the non-participation in a European Cup.
“Shame is a very strong word, but that’s it, anyway. It is unforgivable. Being OL, with the players we have in our squad, we cannot finish eighth. This season has been catastrophic for everyone, in every way. I just tell myself that it was better that everything happened at the same time. At the beginning, we were reproached for finishing the matches badly, afterwards, for doing half-time out of two… We got together, sometimes, to say that we couldn’t accept that, but we have to join the actions to the lyrics and that was more complicated”he first explained in the columns of The Team.
Juninho’s departure affected the group
The Lyon goalkeeper notably returned to the defensive problems, which caused a lot of concern for OL. “We conceded a lot of goals, we never managed to enter our objectives. At key moments in the season, we often broke our necks, if not all the time. When we let so many opportunities slip by, we only get what we deserveadds Lopes. At the beginning, we were reproached for finishing the matches badly, afterwards, for doing half-time out of two… We got together, sometimes, to say that we couldn’t accept that, but we have to join the actions to the lyrics and that, it was more complicated“.
Finally, the Portuguese international returned to another highlight of the season: the departure of Juninho, which he said further dented the club. “Juninho made the decision to leave at a difficult time in the season (early December), and that could have taken a toll on the morale of some players, such as Lucas (Paqueta) or Bruno (Guimarães, sold in January to Newcastle) , all those who were close to him. If we felt let go? I don’t know if that’s the word. It was a personal decision, and we do not control everything.. A season to forget for OL, who hope to use it as a lesson to get back on track better next August.