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Leipzig - OL : can a heavyweight recover? (Wednesday, 21h)

Published on 02 October 2019 at 6:01 AM
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After seven games without a win, OL are preparing to face Leipzig in the Red Bull Arena. For this second day of the group stage of the Champions League, the stakes are high for a Lyon side in search of confidence.

The context

For its start to the competition in this edition of the 2019-20 Champions League, OL could not do better than a draw at home against Zenit (1-1). Despite their superiority, Les Gones lacked finishing and are already in a tough position --not necessarily untenable, but delicate -- ahead of meeting Leipzig. In addition, the Germans are considered the favorite of group G and proved it on the first day, going to win in Lisbon against Benfica with a very inspired Timo Werner (1-2). If its name is not necessarily flashy, the central German club has gradually built itself into a dominant figure in its domestic league, and aspires to do the same on the European scene.

 

The challenge

For OL, time is getting more and more urgent. Six games without a win in the league (3 draws, 3 losses), the draw conceded against Zenit (1-1); the points are starting to be missed, whether in the league or in the Europe. This move to Germany comes at the worst possible time since it is probably the most difficult match to await Les Gones in the group, a few days away from the derby against rival ASSE. This double confrontation represents a turning point in this early part of the season. Two victories in these prestigious matches could revive the side and give confidence to a group that needs it.

 

The opponent

After six Bundesliga macthdays, Leipzig's record is very positive. Second placed, one point from Bayern, the Germans made an almost perfect start to the season (four wins, one draw) before losing  match against Schalke (1-3) on this weekend. No matter, Leipzig are in full confidence and can count on a squad as rich in quality as quantity. Gulacsi, Upamecano, Klostermann, Sabitzer, Kampl, Poulsen, Forsberg, Werner ... There is talent in all of its lines and also on its bench. Julian Nagelsmann, 32, has a decidedly offensive philosophy and is arguably the most promising coach in the world. He already managed to trouble OL last year with Hoffenheim (3-3, 2-2) and has even more weapons this year to bring his ambition to a successful conclusion. A real monster in the making, Leipzig will be a huge pebble in the shoe of Lyon.

 

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