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Frustration growing in Lyon ahead of Juventus match

Juninho's return to Lyon at the start of the season prompted enthusiasm and hope at the club but these proved short-lived, giving way to anger and frustration at the seven-time French champions, who in recent years have been reduced to merely striving for consistency.

Ahead of Juventus' visit later this week in the Champions League, Lyon is languishing below its traditional French league rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille. And despite calls for unity from longtime club president Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon's influential ultra groups of supporters are fed up.

Despite a penalty from Moussa Dembele and a late goal from Houssem Aouar that ended a four-game winless streak during the weekend in a 2-0 win at Metz, Lyon's main group of diehard fans was unimpressed. The Bad Gones staged a protest at the club's home to criticize the players' perceived lack of character and blamed Aulas for poor transfer decisions, accusing him of being more interested in financial stability than sporting greatness.