War is declared ! Sunday night in Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais won an important battle in the race for the Champions League (3-2 victory). Once the final whistle was given, clashes broke out between Monegasque and Lyon players. This prompted referee Clément Turpin to distribute four red cards. Quickly, OL president Jean-Michel Aulas and his coach Rudi Garcia spoke to defend Marcelo and Mattia De Sciglio, sanctioned by the referee, and point the finger at Willem Geubbels and Pietro Pellegri. Discreet after the meeting, the Principality’s club reacted on Monday evening.
Indeed, the ASM published a press release to settle its accounts with Lyon. Tense, the two teams competing for third place in the championship were waiting to know the penalties after these incidents. These fell last night. Geubbels (3 matches) and Pellegri (2 matches) were severely punished. Marcelo and De Sciglio, on the other hand, received a suspension match. What moreover ulcerated Oleg Petrov and Monaco. A reaction was expected on the Lyon side.
Rudi Garcia defends his troops and will have to tinker
And it is Rudi Garcia who spoke this Thursday at a press conference. “We will say that we have partially done justice. So it shows, with the global sanctions, that we were victims of this stampede. We weren’t actors at all. We will be weakened on Saturday by the suspensions of Mattia and Marcelo. In all the images, we can see that our two players are not stakeholders in what happened. We will find solutions for Saturday. No matter who we play with, we will be motivated, I could put the staff! We really want to win against Lorient, a dangerous team. We want to win by the door or the window, and be third on Saturday at 7 pm ”.
Also present in front of the press, Tino Kadewere returned to this precious success, while regretting the many absences. “It was wonderful because we won. We are leaving the things that happened after the game behind us because we need to stay focused for the three remaining matches. We won, that’s the most important. We leave the rest of the incidents behind us and focus on Lorient. (…) We have a lot of players absent on Saturday. Without Marcelo, Mattia, Maxence and Memphis, it’s not going to be the same for sure. But we have a team and players who are capable of playing a very good match against Lorient. Of course, it won’t be the same, but we stay focused. The only thing we want on Saturday is to win and we will do everything to ». There is no more !