The new era of LOU with Xavier Garbajosa

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Lyon’s new coach Xavier Garbajosasuccessor to Pierre Mignoni who left for Toulon after seven years of service, said on Monday “wanting to support the LOU project to continue what has been done well”.

“I have a lot of excitement. I can’t wait for it to start again, to feel this atmosphere. I missed it. I discovered a rather excited group”said the 45-year-old technician at a press conference, alongside President Yann Roubert.

Garbajosa was sacked from his post as Montpellier coach in January 2021 and hasn’t managed a team since. “There is no pressure but just the desire to do well, to continue to carry this project, to develop the image of the club, to grow, to establish this culture and this identity”he commented.

With Xavier Garbajosa, the Lyon club, despite having won the European Challenge, its first major title since 1933, is in search of rebound after missing the finals two seasons in a row. “You have to achieve real added value to move forward”underlined the former international estimating that LOU Rugby had delivered “a good last season even if unfortunately the stated objectives were not achieved”.

He may have lacked a bit of freshness because the victory in the European Challenge surely pumped up some energy. But this title was a form of slowdown and something great for the whole club.”, analyzed the new coach. “However, the objective of LOU is to find the final stages of the Top 14, but we cannot overuse the European Cup that we are playing to qualify. And depending on the freshness of the squad, we decide on the objectives for each competition.”a defendant Garbajosa.

“We remain unsatisfied in the league where we want to find the semi-finals. We remain on a perfect season in the European Cup by winning all our matches and the title”a reaction from his side Yann Roubert.

“This year, ten to eleven clubs can claim the first six places and the title of champion. The big question is how to go from those who can to those who become”concluded the president of the LOU.

LOU Rugby, which recorded notable departures from the third row Mathieu Bastareaud and centers Pierre-Louis Barassi (Toulouse) and Charlie Ngatai (Leinster) in the off-season, focused on recruitment abroad.

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