Féminines / D1 Women


Published on 16 November 2013 at 3:05 PM
OL host Soyaux this Sunday at 14:30 in the French first division, just three days after being eliminated from the Champions League.

Focus turns back to domestic issues for Olympique Lyonnais after their elimination from the last-16 of the Champions League against Potsdam in midweek.

Winning the championship for an eighth consecutive time is nothing to be sneezed at,so OL have to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in this Sunday against Soyaux: "It will take a little while for the wounds to heal," explained Patrice Lair, who spoke to his players after training on Saturday. "We discussed things and there's no problems with the girls. We just need to get playing again, work harder and fight to win every game like we did before."

Obviously there are questions after a defeat. Megan Rapinoe is the first to bear the brunt of the coach's decisions. A lot more is expected of the American international who will play with the reserves this weekend alongside Mélissa Plaza.

Against a Soyaux side that have just beaten Juvisy (2-1) and pushed PSG all the way (2-3), Lyon will have to dig deep to show they are still the team to beat. A win, if possible in style, will be the perfect way to get moving forward again.

OL Squad:
Goalkeepers: Bouhaddi, Peyraud-Magnin
Defenders: Renard, Kumagai, Viguier, Perisset
Midfielders: Henry, Bussaglia, Necib, Abily, Dickenmann, Majri
Forwards: Schelin, Tonazzi, Le Sommer, Thomis