Alexandre Lacazette enjoyed a dream debut on his return to Lyon, scoring and assisting as they won 2-1.
Prior to Lyon’s first game of the season, there had been reports of a falling out between Alexandre Lacazette and his new manager, Peter Bosz (more on that below) but if there is a problem, it wasn’t on show on Friday night.
Like Arsenal, Lyon kicked off the return of Ligue 1 on Friday night, welcoming newly promoted side AC Ajaccio to the Groupama Stadium.
Lacazette was named in the starting lineup and helped assist his side after just 12 minutes, when Tete out them one up.
His goal came from the penalty spot just 10 minutes later in a game that also saw Lacazette booked while both sides had a player sent off.
July 28 2022
Alexandre Lacazette has denied he is having issues with the Lyon boss, Peter Bosz, but there does seem to be something going on.
Alexandre Lacazette was delighted to return home to Lyon and scored just minutes into his debut friendly for the club.
After that first game, however, Lyon’s manager Peter Bosz said of Lacazette, “I saw an intelligent centre-forward, who fortunately scored very quickly.
“So, that’s already good for him. Of course, compared to the game of his teammates, he will have to learn.
“But he’s a good player.”
Nothing quite like your new boss damning you with faint praise.
Then, on a training camp in the Netherlands ahead of a pre-season friendly against Feyenoord, Lacazette was attacked by wasps, receiving 12 stings.
Now, there are reports that he has had something of a falling out with Bosz at halftime during that match, an allegation than the former Arsenal man denies.
Foot Mercato report, via Get France Football News, that “a tactical disagreement between Peter Bosz and Alexandre Lacazette (31) has led to a confrontation between the pair.”
The allegations claim that Bosz had asked Lacazette to play in a certain position but the forward did not do as asked.
GFFN report that Lacazette had the backing of his teammates some of whom apparently “neither understand all of Bosz’s instructions nor his game plan”.
Wearing the 91, Lacazette scored a great goal in the first half of the match, before the alleged argument.
Alexandre Lacazette’s 30-yard strike to open the scoring for Lyon against Feyenoord yesterday. pic.twitter.com/t9s8QEX5el
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 25, 2022
While the alleged disagreement was not said to be ‘over the top’ is is described as not ‘trivial’.
Lacazette, however, denies there is a problem, speaking in true 21st century language by using three Pinocchio emojis.
Lacazette still hasn’t been given an official shirt number at Lyon as he waits to see if the 9 or 10 become available.
The 9 is currently on the back of Moussa Demeble while the 10 is worn by reported Arsenal target, Lucas Paqueta.