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OL - RB Leipzig : For a European spring (Tuesday, 21h)

Published on 10 December 2019 at 7:00 AM
OL - RB Leipzig : Pour un printemps européen (ce mardi, 21h)
This Tuesday night, OL welcome Leipzig for the 6th and final matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Faced with a team they beat in the first leg (0-2), the players of Rudi Garcia will have much to do to reach the Round of 16 of this most prestigious of competitions.


While they could have qualified in the previous matchday against Zenit, Les Gones missed the boat by losing on the road to the Russians, who were not necessarily more skillful but more clinical (2-0). Fortunately, Benfica managed to hang on to a draw a little later in the evening against Leipzig (2-2), which allowed OL to keep its destiny in its hands. For this final decisive meeting, several major elements of the squad will make their return, having not traveled to St Petersburg: Memphis Depay, the captain of the squad, Houssem Aouar, Thiago Mendes and Martin Terrier will all want a starting place against the German side. They will have to come out in force for a match that is currently the most important of the season.



The objective is quite simple to grasp: for OL to qualify. A win against RB Leipzig would allow Lyon to finish first in their group, regardless of the result between SL Benfica and Zenit in the other meeting. However, the other scenarios are less promising. In case of draw, second place would be the best possible ranking pending the result of the meeting between Portuguese and Russians. If OL lose, third place and qualification for the Round of 32 in the UEFA Europa League would their only respite, again depending on the outcome of the other match. Victory is therefore imperative to allow the team to continue into the spring in the Champions League and especially give a boost of confidence after a last disappointing result against a big side (against LOSC in the league, a 0-1 home defeat).



In the draw, Leipzig was considered by many as the most dangerous side in Group G. The results of the Germans have said as much; with three wins, a draw and a loss, the Red Bull club is first in the table ahead of this match and has already ensured its qualification for the Round of 16. Domestically, everything is also going well with a well-deserved second place for the team lead by Julian Nagelsmann. Teammates Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, who form the attacking partnership for RBL, remain on five wins in a row in the Bundesliga, including a scorching 8-0 against Mainz. It is a team full of confidence that will face Les Gones on the pitch at Groupama Stadium and it will take a gala performance by OL to get past them. This is the price to pay to continue to host matches of this caliber and continue to have great European nights.

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