Memphis Depay is driving Lyon towards a Champions League place

Lyon have won their last six matches in a row and the former Manchester United forward has scored in all of them

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

“You do not have the right to be eliminated in this way,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told squad their defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Europa League last month. His team had won in Russia the week before but a 3-2 defeat in their own ground ended their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. Aulas was not happy. “Individualistic behaviour always ends up being punished!”

With forwards playing for themselves and the team barely playing like one, Lyon’s season was in danger of finishing two months early. Their next game was trip to Marseille, who were five points above them in the league table, so Aulas made his feelings known. His opinionated persona can be problematic but at times it also makes him an inspirational leader. In this case his rage instigated a spectacular turnaround for his coach, his team and, especially, Memphis Depay.

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