After Lyon – Ajaccio: Alexandre Lacazette, technical and mental guide

It’s almost as if he never left. Friday, in a Groupama Stadium which only had eyes for him – until the entry of Corentin Tolisso – Alexandre Lacazette was quick to find his feet, five years later. Holder, captain, passer then scorer from the first 20 minutes of the match won against Ajaccio (2-1), the striker gave a first glimpse of what OL can expect from him.

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On the ground, first, the former Arsenal player has lost none of his qualities despite a difficult last season (4 goals and 7 assists in the league) with the London club. The 31-year-old striker’s palette is still just as wide and it only takes about ten minutes to get to the bottom of it. Alerted in the area by Johann Lepenant, Gone completely sucked up his defender before delicately serving Tetê for the opener (1-0, 11′).

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He did not tremble, a few moments later, to transform a penalty obtained by the Brazilian. Exercise is one of his specialties, since he had already converted 23 with OL, including 10 in the 2016/2017 season alone in Ligue 1, his last before moving to Arsenal. With now 101 goals, he is the third top scorer in the championship still active, behind Kylian Mbappé (135) and Wissam Ben Yedder (126).

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But the figures do not say much about what Lacazette has to offer this OL in search of a rebound after a failed 2021/2022 vintage. At 31, and even if he has never been the most expansive, the tricolor international is a natural and experienced leader for a team that may have lacked it. On the pitch, we saw him communicate a lot with his teammates. In particular the young Lepenant, also arrived this summer and author of an interesting first, but also Rémy Riou, propelled into the cage after the expulsion of Anthony Lopes.

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I don’t think I’m more altruistic [qu’avant] with the ballhe confirmed on Premium Video after the game. But I’m more on the field, with teammates. Helping them, encouraging them, organizing the game… That’s where I went downhill, I think.. ” Les Gones did have some old bad reflexes, especially when the game got a little worse, shortly after half an hour of play and until the return from the locker room.

This time, and unlike many others last season, Lyon folded without breaking, even having lost control in the second act. The return of Lacazette, as well as that of Tolisso, which came into play for the last quarter of an hour, is perhaps not for nothing. “I think there are still the fears of last season, of playing, of being countered at the end of the match and of losing points.admitted the striker at the broadcaster’s microphone. We are not yet very confident to play comfortably. OL still need time. But at least they now have a guide. A real one.

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