OL officially banned from European Cup after Nice win

After OGC Nice beat Saint-Etienne (4-2), Olympique Lyonnais were out of the race for anywhere in the European Cup qualifiers. Two days before the end of the tournament, Lyon are eight points behind Nice, who are currently qualified for the European Conference Championship.

It is currently eighth in the French League and eight points from the last European Cup qualifying place two days after the end, and Olympique Lyon will not play in any European competition next season. Coupe de France winner Nantes can no longer finish in the top five, so will not be sixth in Europe. The Rhone club failed to qualify, through a French championship that ended, for the first time since the 1996-1997 season, after 24 consecutive qualifiers.

First time after a full championship for 25 years

OL was already denied European competition when the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the pandemic. Then Lyonnais took seventh place in the standings, already recording a historical failure. But OGC Nice’s 4-2 win over Saint-Etienne this Wednesday in a game late on the 36th set the OL back twenty-five years, the last time the club did not qualify for a European Championship after a full season.

Lyon still had hope before this week, should the Coupe de France be won by OGC Nice, who had already qualified via the championship. But with the Eagles failing Nantes in the final (0-1) and losing to Metz last weekend, Peter Boss’ men cut their chances of qualifying for Europe to almost nothing.

“We certainly made a number of mistakes”

In a press conference on Wednesday, OL president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted that his team had made “mistakes”: “We were able to beat a lot of big teams. We also had a number of shortcomings in the results, especially last week in Metz, who even played It doesn’t go down. There are a lot of ups and downs in the match, but we haven’t reached a certain number of matches. There is also that extra sporting part with the Marseille match, the match in Paris FC. We can’t question our chances in the Coupe de France. We don’t hide Our responsibilities, we are trying to think of how to get back on track as quickly as possible.”

The president wants to “explain” to the audience in Lyon “the fact that we are not up to the task with our team”. He is aware that the club had a “special season”. “We have certainly made a number of mistakes, he admits in the process, in a series of penances. It is also possible that some have been very difficult for us, because we are in a context where the institution is generally doing well… despite some headlines that have hurt us economically. When partners want to leave, many want to join in. This reinforces our mid- to long-term strategy.

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