Go to familiar ground. On Wednesday evening, Olympique Lyonnais left with a small advantage against AS Monaco since Les Gones received. Within the Groupama Stadium, the Rhone troops fully expected to win this quarter-final of the Coupe de France and be part of the final square. For this, it was therefore necessary to take the best of a Monegasque formation in full confidence and determined to win this first round in the Cup, before finding the Lyonnais in the league on May 2 next on its ground this time, at the stadium. Louis II.
Garcia excluded by Stéphanie Frappart
With high stakes, to qualify but also to put pressure on a competitor for the title in L1, this match smelled of powder. And it has been. Designated to lead this meeting, Stéphanie Frappart has drawn many boxes to the players … but also to Rudi Garcia. The French technician, very annoyed, exchanged words with the fourth referee before receiving a red card from Ms. Frappart. Sent to the stands in the 23rd minute, Garcia, who is the first OL coach to be excluded in official competition since Bruno Genesio in December 2017 against Amiens, continued to make himself heard.
The former Roma coach took advantage of the special conditions, that is to say a stadium without supporters, to be able to do so since he was close to his bench and the field. After the meeting, the French coach returned to the subject at a press conference. “It’s an elimination that is not deserved. We deserved to qualify on what we did today. We lacked success by touching the amounts several times. There are a few facts against us tonight. What do you want to say to the players other than congratulate them. The result is undeserved and oriented because of the facts of the game. “ He was then more incisive.
The coach tackles hard
“We weren’t nervous, just motivated. I think the refereeing was not at the level of both teams tonight. It happens. Sometimes the referee is not good. Some decisions have not been favorable to us tonight. Unfortunately, with this referee, this is not the first time that we have had results like this evening. For proof, I blame the goal denied to Houssem Aouar against OM or the one denied to Karl Toko-Ekambi against Metz (…) I preferred when there was no fourth referee. We grumbled alone in our corner, we weren’t threatened. It’s a shame when you’re not disrespectful in terms. I said it was a threat now and we could trade. (…) It turned into yellow and then into red. It’s like that, it’s part of a bad evening. ”
Garcia, who could be suspended against Monaco on May 2, could also have to do without Memphis Depay, who has suffered his third yellow in the last 10 games. “What is sanctioned is not a simulation. There is a fault. That we do not call a penalty or a foul, but that we do not tax the simulation player when this is not the case. You also need to know that the players follow in what position they are in discipline. Memphis knew he shouldn’t take a box today. I don’t know if the referee was aware or not of who is exposed. We have the end of the championship to play. To see our captain suspended for this yellow card would be unfair. There were stakes, tension in this match. ” It did not come down once the final whistle was given.