A new start. This Wednesday evening, Olympique Lyonnais hopes to get off to a good start in Brest. Before the World Cup, the residents of Groupama Stadium experienced sporting difficulties and Peter Bosz was replaced by Laurent Blanc, who tried to limit the damage until the break. The Cévenol could not rely too much on Corentin Tolisso (28 years old). Indeed, the midfielder was injured on October 16 against Rennes in the first match led by the President after only 44 minutes spent on the field.
Tolisso chained injuries
The following day, Lyon confirmed that he suffered from a left thigh injury. A terrible blow on the head of the native of Tarare, again betrayed by his body. A body that has made him suffer in recent seasons. According to the specialized site transfermarktthe tricolor international was injured or absent (coronavirus) 17 times during his time in Bavaria between 2017 and 2022. proud to embody the new project based on OL DNA.
Once his return was formalized on July 1, he confided to the press: “I am very happy to come back and be part of the club’s new project. Lyon is my city, it’s where I grew up, where I feel good and I come back with great pleasure. I felt a lot of love from the supporters and I can’t wait to be with them again at Groupama Stadium. » But he had to be patient. As soon as he resumed, he felt muscle fatigue in his left calf. On the flank, he had to follow a tailor-made preparation and missed the summer friendlies.
A “rookie” for Lyon
Came into play 16 minutes during the 1st day against Ajaccio, he then chained as holder (6 matches out of 9 and one match missed because he was in care) under the orders of Peter Bosz. Then he started again this time with Laurent Blanc. But he was injured again as previously explained. Bad for Lyon, who was counting on him to return to the top of the standings, but also for the player, who said goodbye to his hopes of participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. By returning to OL, he hoped to get back on his feet physically to be in the right car. Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Touched but not sunk, the patient Corentin Tolisso took advantage of the long break to work physically and get back in shape. During the friendly matches played during this period, he was able to have playing time while regaining rhythm and confidence. Good news for Blanc and OL, who can count on this choice “rookie” to attack a very busy second part of the season where there will be many challenges. With a Tolissio at his level, Lyon has an additional weapon to achieve this. In any case, that is what his teammate Maxence Caqueret thinks.
OL believe in him
“Unfortunately, Coco had some physical issues, but that didn’t stop him from getting back in shape. To train with me every day, he is physically ready. He has this leadership role on and off the pitch. It’s really a chance to be able to play with him. He will be able to help me progress further. He certainly had this role of leader at the finish. It’s a role he takes on with great confidence and heart. He knows how to say things the right way and he has the chance to listen to everyone. It’s good to have such players with us.”. Laurent Blanc is also optimistic.
“He is on the right path. He suffered a lot of injuries that attacked his morale. He manages to train normally, play normally, and hopefully he manages to give this group that experience that he has.”. Like Alexandre Lacazette, the Lyonnais coach expects a lot from him. More than a player, he wants a boss who assumes his responsibilities on the field. “It’s up to them (Tolisso and Lacazette) to take the leadership of this group and bring them where we want to take them”. Very high in the Ligue 1 ranking, this is OL’s objective. It will start tonight with a perilous trip to Brest. The perfect opportunity for Corentin Tolisso to show that he is finally back!
Pub. the 28/12/2022 15:06
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