‘We played a serious match’ – Pierre Sage impressed by Lyon and provides Alexandre Lacazette update

Olympique Lyonnais’s impressive run continued with a victory over RC Strasbourg Alsace in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. 

Lyon made it six wins in a row as they came out the eventual winners in a game that needed to be settled by penalties. The hosts were left frustrated by a Strasbourg side that put in a measured performance, far removed from their recent frailties. 

Saïd Benrahama (28) came the closest to being the difference maker in regulation time as he narrowly missed out on giving Lyon the lead twice during the second half, even hitting the post with one of his attempts. 

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‘I challenged him at half-time’ – Pierre Sage

The transformation that manager Pierre Sage has achieved since he became Les Gones’ third manager of the season at the end of November, and he was pleased by his side’s control of the match, “There were two fairly clear plans. We didn’t fall into the trap of counterattacks, even though we had two advanced midfielders in high positions. Same on set pieces at the end of the match, another danger. We played a serious match, we managed these two aspects.” 

Sage continued, “We will consider this a victory. Tonight we wanted to play a good match, play attacking football, score goals, and qualify. We achieved three of the four objectives.”

The turnaround of Benrahama in the second half as he became the side’s most potent threat was helped by the manager, “I challenged him at half-time, I wanted him to move with a little more depth, the ball played less to his feet. This brings a lot of variety to his game, it makes it difficult for the opponent to control the game and it opens up space for his teammates.” 

The news on Alexandre Lacazette who had to make an early exit also appeared to be promising as Sage explained, “A day or two of rest, treatment, he will recover quickly and should play Sunday against Lens. It’s not too worrying.” 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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