Olympique Lyonnais: the sincere self-criticism of Peter Bosz


In an interview for Le Progrès, Peter Bosz gave himself, without concession, to the very complicated start of the season for Olympique Lyonnais. Eleventh in Ligue 1 after 19 days, the Dutch technician has still not found the winning recipe but is not looking for an excuse.

“Normally, I would have been fired from the results, being 13th in a club that wants to play for the Champions League, honestly”. The words chosen by Peter Bosz, in an exclusive interview with Progress, are strong but sum up on their own, the disappointing first part of the season achieved by Olympique Lyonnais. Now eleventh in the French championship after an encouraging draw obtained against the Parisian ogre (1-1), OL are still struggling to display an attractive level of play.

With 27 goals conceded for as many scored, the Rhone club, which has not found the path to victory since the 15th day and a short success in Montpellier (1-0), is currently going through a delicate period in terms of accounting and It is clear that the Bosz method, which arrived on the bench last May, has still not had its effect. Faced with many headwinds, the Lyon coach initially tried to explain the difficulties of his group.

Peter Bosz does not want to find excuses!

“In terms of football, the progress of the group, we would have liked better. And there is also all the rest … I had never known that, neither as a player, nor as a coach. The Covid has turned so many things upside down. I am old, but even the oldest have never experienced such pandemics and it has shaken up all societies a bit. There are a lot of incidents in other stadiums in France, but not just in the stadiums. In the Netherlands too, there is more aggressiveness, nervousness. It’s not the same.”

A cold observation on the health context and the violence currently disrupting the French championship which does not prevent the 58-year-old Dutchman from fully taking his share of responsibility in this failed start: “The place we will have at the end of the season, in any case, we will deserve it. We have already found the red cards, the incidents, the departure of Juni, the ten matches of suspension of the president, the referee of the match against Marseille who did not tell the truth, that is a lot of things. But, I’ve been in football for 43 years, there have been a lot of things, but we have no excuses to find ”, notably assumed the ex-coach of Dortmund.

“We’ll see at the end, but I believe in it 100%!”

Reaffirming the confidence given by its leaders despite the appearance, in the press, of several suitors ready to take over from the Batavian, Peter Bosz thus made a point of clarifying his state of mind despite a worrying sporting situation: “I also think we have to see what happened over these 5 months, and I would like to stay longer. I appreciate the confidence of the leaders and I am very good at this club. But I know I have to win matches. “ One thing is certain, the Batavian, reinforced by its president until next February, has not surrendered and is already looking towards this second part of the season for which it has high ambitions.

“We are eight points from second place if we win our late match against OM. It is a lot and a little at the same time. Our potential? It’s hard to say. For me, the potential, the talent, that means nothing to me, because at the end of the championship, you are in the place you deserve. We have to prove that we are not a suitable place in relation to this potential. And that goes through work, doing things together as a team. With that and our talent, we must be in the game. We’ll see at the end, but I believe in it 100%. ” Traveling to Troyes, this Sunday, the former Ajax technician will also have the opportunity to restore his image, and this before a long-awaited derby against the Saint-Etienne enemy on January 21. Confidence reigns but time is running out Peter …

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