Group B leaders in the Championnat National and recently qualified for the UEFA Youth League Round of 16, the OL U19s will now turn their focus on the Coupe Gambardella Sunday when they host Châteauroux in the Round of 16.
This weekend's opponent promises to make life difficult for Les Gones. Second in Group C, with only 18 goals against them (same as Lyon), Châteauroux have yet to concede any goals yet in the competition - thanks to a pair of 2-0 wins over Stade Briochin and Muret.
Academy director Jean-François Vulliez:
Anything can happen in a one-off match. Châteauroux are a good team, they're second in their league group and they beat Bordeaux last week. They must have a good generation of players. It will be a very interesting and intense match... We want to go far in this Cup. Our players are very motivated by both the Gambardella Cup and the Youth League.