After repatriating Alexandre Lacazette at the very start of the 2022 summer transfer window, Olympique Lyonnais also managed to bring back the 2018 French world champion and former Lyonnais Corentin Tolisso. Les Gones took advantage of his contractual situation at Bayern Munich to recover it. Now 28 years old, the tricolor midfielder has only one mission, to completely relaunch his career under the Lyon tunic.
Back home after an adventure rich in emotions and numerous titles won in the south of Germany, Corentin Tolisso has chosen stability in order to be able to fully relaunch his career. After 118 games played in Bavaria for 21 goals scored and 15 assists, the native of Tarrare has made his big comeback to OL and his experience acquired outside the borders is an exceptional opportunity for Laurent Blanc’s team. Despite everything, the Lyon midfielder is not immune to injuries and he has been hampered by a number of physical glitches since his return between Rhône and Saône. Thus, the number 88 of Olympique Lyonnais has played less than 600 minutes in 11 games since the start of the season with OL.
As revealed by the site ‘Transfermarkt’ the 2018 world champion was absent 17 times during his stay in Bavaria between 2017 and 2022. A hard blow for the Lyon leaders who are counting on Tolisso to embody the new project and the famous Lyonnais DNA so much sought after. And even if the player has made the decision to go back to basics, his physique continues to harm him as since the start of the season. Indeed, the midfielder was injured on October 16 against Rennes in the first match led by the President after only 44 minutes spent on the green rectangle. The following day, Lyon confirmed that he suffered from a left thigh injury. A terrible blow to the head of the 28-year-old player, again betrayed by his body.
Tolisso is not dead
A body that does not leave him alone even if the player shows incredible strength of character. Contrary to a lot of people, he could have complained about fate but it is very bad to know ‘Coconut.’ The latter took advantage of the long international and post-World Cup break to come back stronger and get back in shape as quickly as possible. Tolisso even scored a goal in friendly matches in the 1-goal draw against FC Sochaux. Good news for Blanc and OL, who can count on this “rookie” of choice to attack a very busy second part of the season where the challenges will be numerous.
German champion with Bayern Munich, he was even able to play a little over 45 minutes during the great victory in Brest last Wednesday in the league. Problem, a small relapse a few days later for the reception of AS Clermont-Auvergne at home and a 1-0 defeat. The decision to leave him to rest by a Laurent Blanc who should be able to count on his number 88 from Saturday 3:30 p.m. for the Coupe de France match against FC Metz.
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Caqueret and Blanc believe in Tolisso
If the Lyon leaders are counting on the midfielder for the second part of the season and have offered him a long-term contract until June 2027, Maxence Caqueret is also very confident. Teammate of Tolisso, he is very satisfied with the latter’s return to the club and he thinks that his experience in Munich is a real added value for the progress of the team as well as its young shoots. ” Unfortunately, Coco had some physical issues, but that didn’t stop him from getting back in shape. To train with me every day, he is physically ready. He has this leadership role on and off the pitch. It’s really a chance to be able to play with him. He will be able to help me progress further. He certainly had this role of leader at the finish. It’s a role he takes on with great confidence and heart. He knows how to say things the right way and he has the chance to listen to everyone. It’s good to have such players with us. » Said the young Rhone in front of the media a few days ago.
Same story with Laurent Blanc who also sees the positive with the return of Tolisso to the team. He is counting more than ever on the native of Tarrare who must bring his experience and his requirement of the very high level. ” He is on the right path. He suffered a lot of injuries that attacked his morale. He manages to train normally, to play normally, and I hope he manages to give this group that experience that he has. » More than a player, he wants a boss who takes responsibility on the pitch. ” It’s up to them (Tolisso and Lacazette) to take the leadership of this group and lead them where we want to lead them. » Explains the Lyon coach who is trying to somehow change the face of his team which has already suffered its first defeat of the season this Sunday. One thing is sure! If OL still want to be able to hope for European places at the end of the season, they will have to count on a high-level Corentin Tolisso. Can he rise to the challenge? Answer in the next few months…
💬 “Soon he will be able to give what he must be able to give to this team”
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