Moussa Dembele speaks about his experiencing of playing for Lyon

Submitted on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:06

French striker Moussa Dembele has said that he needed some time in order to adapt to the new surroundings at Lyon. The young striker made the surprise move to Les Gones from Celtic during the dying stages of the summer transfer window and he has since made over 25 appearances for the club across all competitions.

In a report covered by L’Equipe, Dembele acknowledged that he did not experience the best of beginnings with Les Gones, given he had come through a different style of play under Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. He continued to explain the differences in tactics between Celtic and Lyon with the latter more profound to utilising counter-attacks.

He said: "When you come to a new club, “it's not always easy at first. You have to learn a different style“ and work with a new coach and get his views. It certainly took me a bit of time, but I feel I am learning all the time. At Celtic, we had a lot of the ball and we played on the ground. But at Lyon, the football is at another level and it took time to adjust to it. It's taken some time for me to make my mark, but “I am getting there“."

Dembele had endured a mixed run of form during the first half of the season and he managed just six goals for Les Gones across all competitions. However, since the turn of the year, his form has improved and he has netted five goals from the previous seven appearances. As such, he has managed to command a regular starting role and it remains to be seen whether he can maintain the consistency during the forthcoming months. Lyon are currently third in their league table, six points ahead of Montpellier, who have an extra game to play.

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