” A Pyrrhic victory is a tactical victory, obtained at the cost of losses so heavy for the winner that they compromise his chances of final victory. “This is in a way what Olympique Lyonnais experienced this Sunday evening. Indeed, if the Lyonnais won on the lawn of AS Monaco, relaunching the race for third place and therefore qualifying for the Champions League, they lost big.
To begin with, for the next meeting against FC Lorient, which is playing its survival in Ligue 1, remember, Memphis Depay will be absent, because suspended because of three yellow cards collected in less than ten meetings. But that’s not all. After the opening of the Monaco scoring, Jason Denayer, who was coming back from injury, came out again. And that doesn’t seem like a penalty for his lack of attention to Kevin Volland.
OL’s defense decimated
And again, if it had stopped there … Maxence Caqueret, rather good yesterday after having been excellent against Lille last week, was excluded by the referee of the meeting, Clément Turpin, who gave him two cards yellow. Lyon’s misfortunes did not stop at this precise moment. As the referee had just whistled the final whistle, a scuffle broke out in the center circle.
Result of the races, four red cards released by Clément Turpin. Two for the young asemists Willem Geubbels and Pietro Pellegri and two for the two Rhone defenders Marcelo and Mattia De Sciglio. The disciplinary committee will look into what really happened and could be severe. But, whatever the case, OL will face Lorient with a decimated defense (probably Denayer absent, De Sciglio and Marcelo suspended). A victory with a bitter taste …