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This summer, Olympique Lyonnais decided to bring Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso back to the fold. Particularly ambitious despite the absence of a European Cup, Peter Bosz was delighted with the return of the two French internationals at a press conference. Words relayed by RMC Sport.
On the returns of Lacazette and Tolisso
“After five years they have a lot of experience, I think it’s a good thing for us and for those who love OL. Their level and their experience will help the team, from time to time we lacked leaders who know their club, football at the highest level. They have something more, and will pass that on to our team”.
On last season
“It’s the first time we’ve been training in the new season, with a lot of players and a lot of hopes. It’s clear that we were very disappointed with these results (from last season). We started with hope, and a lot of confidence, not only in me or in the players. I also hope in the fans”.
On the arrival of Textor
“It doesn’t put pressure, it’s a challenge. I only see the positive sides, the pressure is there but it does good, for me as well as the players and supporters”.
On Boateng and Dubois
“It’s me who decides, we’ll see after 5 weeks if they start and where they play”.
On the coming season
“I hope to have a special season, we’re ready for that. Something has to change. Everyone is happy, thinks he’s going to play, it’s always like that. The group can be much smaller than now, we will see if players are injured, we can have one or two more”.
On a possible Dembélé-Lacazette association
“Absolutely, you can play with one or two strikers, or even one of the two in the number 10 position.”
“I have no news on that. We are looking for a left-back, clearly. I will talk about the players who are at our club. I can say things if he signs”.
“I want to keep all the good players but you have to be realistic too. It’s not just about the coach but the player too, the club and the opposing clubs. It’s a game between different parties. It depends what Lucas wants”.
On the future captain
“I will decide on the captain at the end of preparation. I want to take the time to get to know the new ones and then I will make the decision. The captain is the first to enter the field with all the players behind, he is a personality who carries his team to win”.
OL coach Peter Bosz was delighted with the return of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso. He also spoke about the Jérôme Boateng and Léo Dubois cases. A season that the Dutch technician is looking forward to.