OL have been waiting for a victory in the Gambardella Cup for 25 years

It’s quite a paradox for one of the best training centers in Europe. The last Lyonnais to have lifted the Gambardella cup are now retired: they are called Jérémie Bréchet, Florent Balmont or Steed Malbranque, winner of Montpellier at the Parc des Princes in 1997 (3-1).

At the Stade de France, OL did not have the same success and Karim Benzema, who will come to Saint-Denis on May 28 for the Champions League final, can testify to this: the center forward Real Madrid and its golden generation (Ben Arfa, Rémy, Mounier…) lost two finals in a row, in 2005 and 2006, against Toulouse (2-6) and Strasbourg (1-3).

“They have an extraordinary chance to write a page in the history of OL”

Éric Hély, OL coach

“These 25 years are not a tragedy, desacralized coach Éric Hély, three times winner with Sochaux (1983 as a player, 2007 and 2015 as a coach). They have an extraordinary chance to write a page in the history of OL. We have the objective of always winning, it is important in the training course. »

After eliminating excellent teams like Monaco and Strasbourg, his team faces Caen to finally overcome the curse. With the right assets to achieve it? “Beyond their technical and tactical qualities, they have a taste for effort”, Hely promises. It could make the difference.


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