Rudi Garcia took charge of a club in crisis when succeeded Sylvinho as Lyon boss last October.
Sitting 14th in Ligue 1, they hadn't won since starting the season by beating Monaco and Angers, with four defeats and three draws following those results.
But a Garcia-inspired recovery saw them finish in seventh place (just a point off fifth) by the time the French top-flight was suspended due to Covid-19.
More impressively, they also went on a run to the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Juventus and Manchester City before being beaten by eventual winners Bayern Munich.
So, how have they fared in following that up?
Lyon: The season so far
A 4-1 win over Dijon featuring a Memphis Depay hat-trick represented the perfect start to the campaign, but early hope soon subsided with a mixed run of results.
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The loss of the midfielder's creativity probably had a lot to do with Garcia's men scoring just twice in their next two outings.
However, since Aouar's return, they have claimed three wins and a respectable draw away at Lille to move up to fifth in the table.
With just two points separating them from second in the table and no European distractions this term, the scene is set to push for a return to the Champions League.
Lyon: Grade B
While Garcia would have liked to avoid that early-season wobble, he has done well to stabilise his team and get them back up and running in recent weeks.
Until then, though, Lyon have every reason to believe this could be a successful campaign.