Memphis Depay scores a hat-trick as Lyon begin new season with pomp….

Lyon 4-1 Dijon: Memphis Depay hits a hat-trick in victory |

Champions League semi-finalists Lyon began their new Ligue 1 season with a 4-1 victory over Dijon on Friday…

Lyon captain, Dutch striker Memphis Depay claimed his first goals in the French top-flight since December including a hat-trick, after missing the rest of the previous season with ruptured knee ligaments. “I’m really happy to have scored three goals tonight. It wasn’t my best match personally. We needed to win and that’s what we did,” said Depay. “It’s a strange feeling going from one season to another very quickly,” he added, with the game coming just nine days after Lyon’s 3-0 loss to Bayern in Lisbon. The 26-year-old insisted that he would focus on helping Lyon to end the dominance of Paris Saint-Germain, while rumor has it that Depay, along with Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele are to be transferred. According to Lyon sporting director Juninho, there will be some departures before October 5, the end of the transfer window. This season will also be the club’s first without European football since 1996-97. “I’m focused on OL. I can dream of big clubs but I’m looking to do my best here,” said Depay, who doesn’t believe the lighter schedule this season is necessarily a plus. “I don’t think not playing in Europe is an advantage because when you play in Europe you get better.” Lyon played without midfielder Aouar in the opener of the new campaign, who was tested positive for COVID-19. Depay equalised from the penalty spot after Ahmad Ngouyamsa barged Maxwel Cornet over as Rudi Garcia’s side turned the game in their favour with three goals in the space of six minutes just before half-time at the Groupama Stadium. There are nine matches scheduled for this weekend. Marseille will visit Brest on Sunday despite another three reported coronavirus cases at the club. Title holders PSG’s game at Lens on Saturday has been pushed back to September 10 following their run to the final of the Champions League in Lisbon.

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