At Parc OL,
Bruno Guimaraes had really decided to have the absolute grand slam that the life of a professional footballer can offer in 2021. Namely an international truce in South America, with the result of 57 minutes of play played under the Brazilian jersey between the matches against Chile on September 3 and Peru on Friday, plus the imbroglio of the shock against Argentina, plus a private flight shared with his friend from OL Lucas Paqueta, but also Neymar and Gerson, in order to rally France as quickly as possible. Unlike his compatriots, and due to a favorable schedule, Bruno G. was titular in Ligue 1 despite the jet lag, Sunday against Strasbourg (3-1), less than 48 hours after his return to Lyon.
And this at the end of a summer at 3,000 an hour there too, marked by his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics … eight days before he started in the league in Angers (3-0) . An hour after the end of Sunday night’s meeting, when most of his teammates have already left the Parc OL, the Brazilian midfielder quietly grabs a 10-minute press conference in the stadium auditorium, with a smile and in an exquisite French, as long as we do. “The truth is, I’m dead,” he laughs when asked how he was able to make 90 minutes of play against Racing, at the end of his grueling South American escapade. 48 hours ago, I was in a private jet to be able to play this game. I haven’t been able to sleep well these days. This Monday is rest and I plan to sleep all day. “
Very important match for me: Very happy to have played my 50th game with this OL jersey and even happier with this victory🇫🇷🦁
Jogo muito important pra mim, feliz por fazer meu 50 jogos com a camisa do Lyon e mais ainda pela vitória🇧🇷🦁 pic.twitter.com/ix3sXOWjHQ
– Bruno Guimarães (@ brunoog97) September 12, 2021
“I really feel at home in Lyon”
In view of his second period quite narrowly on Sunday (we advise you in greed its elastico / comma ronaldinhesque in full surface), which was able to recall his sparkling debut with OL, in February and March 2020, with a climax against Juve in the Champions League (1-0), this day of release is more than deserved. “It was magic tonight, relishes the person concerned. It was my 50th game with Lyon and I never felt like I am there. I really feel at home and that is important to me. I have the goal of playing the 2022 World Cup, and this year will count a lot for that. I have already had good matches here but yes, with this coach, I feel really good. “
One of the major explanations for Bruno Guimaraes’ super start to the season is therefore clearly found in his proximity to Peter Bosz, light years away from the relationship he may have had with his predecessor Rudi Garcia. “Last season, I was injured, and things also happened that I did not like, he recalls without wanting to expand on his former coach so much decried by Juninho. This year, the coach gives me a lot of confidence. I know he’s counting on me. “
For Bosz, “Bruno was not good in the first period”
Peter Bosz has indeed made an indisputable holder despite the strong competition in the middle (Thiago Mendes, Maxence Caqueret, Houssem Aouar and Lucas Paqueta), but the Dutch coach does not intend to spare him when he is disappointed, including in front of the hurry. There is no doubt that this report without pretense with his new coach will do the 23-year-old a lot of good. When most observers praise in loop the offering of the Brazilian on the superb opening of the score of Moussa Dembélé (1-0, 8th), his coach played the chief air conditioners.
This pass from Bruno is extraordinary on goal. But otherwise, he was not good in the first half. If any players lose the ball, I can accept it. But not Bruno, because his first touch of the ball is his main quality. She is still good, but not today in the first half. “
Will he be able to continue against Rangers and PSG?
Rest assured, the former technician from Bayer Leverkusen like everyone else loved his reaction, like all of OL, in the second half. So much so that he hopes that the Lyon club will find a solution in order to be able to align him, just like Lucas Paqueta, for the first Europa League meeting on Thursday (9 p.m.) at Glasgow Rangers. Scottish health protocols should indeed prevent the two players from being qualified due to their recent trip to South America.
“Me, I want to play, insists Bruno Guimaraes. If necessary, I will do PCR tests every day to be in the field on Thursday. »After this week of crazy globetrotting, anyone on this planet really doubted his obsession with chaining the two shocks of the week at Ibrox Park on Thursday and at the Parc des Princes on Sunday?