PSG: “The most important match of O’Brien’s career”

PSG: “The most important match of O’Brien’s career”
PSG: “The most important match of O’Brien’s career”

On the eve of the Coupe de France final, Jake O’Brien looked back on his popular season with OL. The Irish defender is impatiently awaiting the final deadline of this exercise.

Arrived at the start of the season, coming from Crystal Palace, for the modest sum of a million euros, Jake O’Brian should have been initially “the second or third choice.“, declared Laurent White. The former coach of theOL had kept his word and had therefore not given the 23-year-old defender any playing time. In full shipwreck, the Rhone club suffered one series of disappointments. He notably experienced a severe correction from the Parisians at home (4-1). It was one time too many for the supporters, the capo of the Bad Gones then made a tenacious speech against the players at the end of the meeting.

Even if he was not at fault, because he had not yet set foot on the pitch under the Lyon tunic, Jake O’Brien said he was impacted by this episode “I had never experienced anything like this. Obviously coming to a big club like this we weren’t in a good position at the time, there wasn’t a great atmosphere around the club and we weren’t playing well either. The fans had the right to tell us what they thought ” he explains to the English media The Guardian. He even believes that this passage was “one of the moments that kicked off the seasonnot”.

In view of the team’s poor results, Laurent White had left his place to Fabio Grosso. We had to wait for the Italian to arrive to see O’Brien playing his first minutes in the Lyon squad. After only seven games, the former defender ofOL was dismissed, unable to get the club back on track. The possibility of relegation to Ligue 2 then emerged, because theOL was last in Ligue 1 with only one victory to their name in 12 days. But the Irishman says he never had any doubts.I guess it was in the back of our minds because we were in a bad way, but personally I never thought we were going to be relegated.” before continuing. “It was very strange because, in terms of the quality of the team, you look at all the players on paper, we have a better team than most” he proclaims.

The Rhone club then hired the team’s final coach this season. The man who managed at the last minute to relieve a squad that was heading straight towards the worst. Pierre Sage then took the Lyon group under his wing on November 30. But that did not change, in any way, the tenure status for which Jake had opted. O’Brien. The Cork native never took on the substitute’s number again and made 31 starts with theOL. He even established himself as the club’s second top scorer this season with four goals to his name, well ahead of Alexandre Lacazette (19).

In this second part of the season, the Lyon squad has experienced a second wind. He has had a string of successes, notably against elite leaders (Brest, Monaco And Lille). The Rhone team was the best team in this second part of the season. She ultimately managed to make history by finishing 6th in the Ligue 1 rankings and validating a European ticket. At the end of a spectacular exercise, theOL is preparing to play a Coupe de France final against PSG. The capital club were crowned elite champions and remain unbeaten away from home in historic Ligue 1. Jake O’Brien designates the next confrontation against the Parisians as “the most important of his career “.

Aware of the difficulty of challenging the Ile-de-France ogre, the Irish defender is, all the same, confident when discussing this deadline. “We are on a good run. The fans are behind us and the atmosphere in the team is good. PSG will be the big favorite, as always, but I only see one victory for us. I’m sure the guys are thinking the same thing. We have the quality and the players to do it ” he declares.

Under contract until June 2027, Jake O’Brien aims to develop both collectively and individually within the Rhone club. “In the long term we have to push because it is a very historic club and we have to win titles. We have to go higher and challenge PSG, it is very important. I can still work on a lot of things. C “It’s exciting to see where I can go from here. There’s no better club than Lyon for that.” However, there would be no shortage of suitors for the Irishman…

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