The OL coach had declared that he no longer believed in qualifying for a European Cup. He now hopes his players will prove him wrong.
Last Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais lost to Clermont as part of the 35th day of Ligue 1 (2-1). “For Europe, it’s grated”, then reacted Laurent Blanc after this defeat. A fatalistic statement while a European place is still mathematically accessible for the Rhone club.
Read also: Laurent Blanc, big twist announced!
This Wednesday, at a press conference, the former PSG coach was invited to bounce back on his statement. “The coach also has the right to have his freedom of thought. If my players don’t agree with me, prove me wrong, and I’d be very happy to be wrong (laughs). If all the people who can be active on the results against Monaco, Reims and Nice want to prove me wrong, they don’t hesitate. And I’d be glad I was wrong. I said what I thought, as often. indicated the native of Ales.
Laurent Blanc regarding his sentence on the “grated” qualification for Europe:
🎙 White: “Grated Europe? The coach has the right to have freedom of thought… If my players think I’m wrong, let them go and I’ll be glad I was wrong. #TeamOL pic.twitter.com/yPWuecfBZq
— 𝗚𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞 (@GonebackOff) May 17, 2023
Even if a qualification for a European Cup is not mathematically “grated”, it will still be particularly complicated to hang on to. Seventh with 56 points, the Lyonnais will have to chain the victories hoping that Rennes (sixth, 59 points) and Lille (fifth, 60 points) line up the defeats.