Nimes vs Lyon, Friday’s match for the last round of the French Championship.
As “owners of the house” they will make their farewell of the season and their fans in a much more festive mood. With a much more modest budget and considered a candidate for relegation at the start of the season, Nimes made a campaign far above expectations.
With 53 points, it occupies the seventh position in the leaderboard of the French Championship. Same score pattern presented in the condition of home team. Out of the 54 points that were disputed in their stadium, Nimes accumulated 32.
Although expected some time ago, Genesio’s departure from his role was only confirmed after Lyon’s 4-0 defeat at Caen in the penultimate round of Ligue 1. The team reached the 69 point mark and had their situation set in the tournament.
They are in third place and will not leave this position. That means they will need to play the qualifying rounds to win a place in the next edition of the European Champions League.
Something that implies anticipation of the preparation process since the team will have to play decisive games sooner than expected.
It will be a mission for the Brazilian Sylvinho, who was part of the technical committee of the Brazilian team and left his job to take the open spot with the departure of Genesio.
It was an indication of another Brazilian, Juninho Pernambucano, one of the greatest idols in the history of Lyon, who was hired as a manager.
It will be up to the pair to give the team the stability it has lacked throughout the season. Lyon presented good moments, reached the last 16 of the Champions League when they were eliminated by Barcelona, but also recorded a series of stumbling blocks in front of small teams.
In these oscillations, they ended up losing the chance to stay with the national vice-championship, which was the goal, and having their trajectory interrupted in the cups.
Facing a Lyon, which is likely accommodated ahead of the coach’s announcement, Nimes at home has the prognostic of their success as the best guess for Friday’s meeting for the last round of the French Championship.