Sylvinho believes Memphis Depay's return could give Lyon an advantage over Juventus.
After taking the job in May, Sylvinho has now received compensation following his dismissal as Lyon head coach.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed he approached Jose Mourinho for talks over the vacant head coach position but was rebuffed.
Sylvinho has paid the price for a poor start to the season with Lyon, despite having only taken the head coach job in May.
The writing appears to be on the wall for head coach Sylvinho after Lyon's defeat to Saint-Etienne on Sunday.
Struggling Lyon's 2-0 win over RB Leipzig was down to the fight shown by their players, according to Memphis Depay.
Zenit left Lyon with a commendable 1-1 draw on Tuesday and the hosts' head coach pointed to a less than satisfactory start.
Moussa Dembele will not be joining Manchester United, so long as Lyon head coach Sylvinho has a say in the matter.
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Former Brazil internationals Sylvinho and Juninho Pernambucano will join Lyon as head coach and sporting director, respectively.