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Garcia unsure about future of Lyon stars after ‘unexpected’ Champions League run

Rudi Garcia is unsure what the future holds for his Lyon stars after their “unexpected” run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Lyon fell to Bayern Munich 3-0 in the semi-finals in Lisbon on Wednesday to end their European run.

Departures are expected at Lyon, who finished seventh in Ligue 1 and missed out on European competition for 2020-21, with Moussa Dembele, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay linked with moves.

Lyon head coach Garcia said he was unsure what was ahead, but felt his players proved their quality in the Champions League.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” he told a news conference. “What is clear after the success we’ve had here, an unexpected one, is this team would have deserved to make it even further, but it’s difficult to answer this question. We have a great squad and we’ll see.

“In terms of finances, it’s not up to me to answer, it’s up to the club president and the sporting director, but when we look at the team, I didn’t have to make it to the Champions League semi-finals to know how good my players are.” 

Lyon were left to rue wastefulness against Bayern, squandering several chances before a Serge Gnabry brace and Robert Lewandowski’s late goal. Garcia lamented his side’s inability to take their opportunities against the Bundesliga champions.

“They were just efficient, clinical. You have to say the team who were more clinical won it,” he said. “We hit the post. If we’d scored at that point the match might have been very different, but I like how my players followed the game plan. We defended very well and Karl [Toko Ekambi] had that chance. Continue reading

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Aug. 20, 2020

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