TheOlympique Lyonnais went through all the states on Thursday during his trip to the Red Star lawn in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. After having thought they could spend a quiet evening, with their two goals ahead signed Memphis Depay and Lucas Paqueta, the Gones were finally quits to tremble and have to play their qualification in a penalty shootout.
In the end, OL had the last word (2-2, 5 tab to 4) and joined Montpellier, Monaco and the PSG among Ligue 1 clubs at the quarter-finals. The Lyonnais preserved the essential but Rudi Garcia was struggling to be satisfied. “We are qualified, that’s what counts in the Cup. On the other hand, when we lead 2-0, we are a top L1 and we play a National team, we have to kill the match, deplored the Lyon coach at the end of the meeting. When we flout these opportunities, we are not immune to a return of the opponent … Now the main thing is to think of Sunday’s match against Angers, there is not much to add. “
A synthetic pitch is not football
But Rudi Garcia was not only up against his players. The former OM coach has not tasted the playing conditions at Stade Bauer either. “This field does not allow you to play football, a synthetic field is not football, he launched. I was happy to see the Bauer stadium again, I love the Red Star, but letting a French Cup round of 16 play on a synthetic, I think it’s a lack of respect for professionals who can get injured. The danger is not the synthetic itself, but the switch from grass to synthetic. I didn’t tell the players about it before the game, but I’m glad I didn’t have any injuries. “
And Rudi Garcia had not finished. “Soon the Red Star will have a new stadium, it’s a historic club, it deserves it. When you see the conditions in which they play all season, they deserve. Even more deserving to play on a field with rubber balls… ”, he continued when he was questioned about the green laser directed from neighboring buildings on Julian Pollersbeck, especially during the penalty shoot-out.
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