Ligue 1: In Lyon, the advent of the Lille “Kral” Burak Yilmaz

Burak Yilmaz vs Lyon
Author of a double and an assist, the Turkish striker of LOSC single-handedly overthrew Olympique Lyonnais.

A free kick from elsewhere, an assist for Jonathan David then a little dive to give a definitive advantage to his people: in Lyon, Burak Yilmaz delivered a reference match. Above all, the Turkish striker has single-handedly reversed the situation against Olympique Lyonnais (3-2), and allowed LOSC to maintain their short lead at the top of Ligue 1, one point ahead of PSG, four days away. of the end. For Lille, all dreams are possible. And this, in large part thanks to Yilmaz.

We play the very last moments of a first period copiously dominated by OL, Jonathan Ikoné gets a good free kick 25m from the Lyon goal. Burak Yilmaz takes responsibility. At 35, the captain of Turkey, a hero at home, has seen others. Passed by the four big Turkish clubs (Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor), the “Kral” (the king) knows how to deal with pressure. So he rushes forward and sends a missile into the Lyon skylight. Lille returned to 2-1 just before the break. The turning point of the match, and perhaps of the season.

Because when they return from the locker room, the Mastiffs are transformed, in Burak’s wake. To this splendid free kick, Yilmaz adds an offering to Jonathan David for the goal of the equalizer (2-2, 60th). Lille has come a long way. But that is not enough for Yilmaz. So, five minutes from time, the Turk took advantage of a deviation from his compatriot Yazici to stand alone against Lopes and adjust it with a delicious little dive (2-3, 85th). Led 2-0, LOSC has just turned the situation around thanks to its new northern giant, arrived from Turkey, author of his 11 and 12th goals of the season, and his fifth assist.

I am not surprised by the recent performances of Burak Yilmaz. As soon as he arrived at LOSC, I knew he would score a lot of goals “, explained Zeki Celik recently at a press conference, “I have been in France for three seasons and I can tell you that Burak Yilmaz very quickly adapted to the football played in Ligue 1, it is the mark of great players. He is an exceptional player and they bring us a lott “. A lot, and perhaps a title of champion of France. Because if he scored for the first time this season in a head-on clash between cadors, Yilmaz has been wearing the LOSC since the start of the season.

In 23 matches, he scored twelve times, including capital goals in poorly embarked matches, such as against Montpellier (3-2), Nîmes (1-0) or more recently Metz (2-0), a match after which Christophe Galtier was full of praise: “He taught our young strikers a great lesson in determination! “. A compliment that could sum up the season of the 35-year-old player, who arrived free in Lille this summer to replace Loïc Rémy. But given his performance, he rather filled the departure of Victor Osimhen, Lille’s top scorer last season. Because if we expected the young Jonathan David, recruited for 27 million euros this summer, the Dogues’ top scorer is Burak Yilmaz.

Beyond the numbers, it also allows LOSC to breathe on the pitch, thanks to its pivotal play and constant pressing. Add to that an irreproachable mentality and a constant demand, and you have the major player of the Lille season. The player who reversed the evening in Lyon, and perhaps definitively launched Lille towards the title. The kind of performance that could earn him a status at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, or on the Grand Place. A fine end of career for the 35-year-old striker, under contract until June 2022, and whose first experience outside Turkey in Europe, after a failed stint in China. Sunday morning, we learned in the JDD that Luis Campos, former adviser to the Lille president, had spent ten days in Turkey to convince Burak Yilmaz to join the capital of Flanders. We understand better why.

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