OL – Brest (CDL) : Join us for the last
OL and the Coupe de la Ligue : hardly a love story
One has to go back to 6 years to see the last final that Olympique Lyonnais played in (a 1-2 loss to PSG in 2014) and 19 years to see their last victory in the competition (in 2001 against Monaco 1-2). Since its creation in 1994, OL have won the trophy only once, having played 5 finals but above all, they haven't gone past the Round of 16 14 times. These are more than mixed results when you have one of the best teams in the championship.
Using the cups as a breath of fresh airStruggling in the league, Lyon can use the different cups to breathe and regain confidence. Qualified for the Round of 16 of the Champions League, recently qualified in the Round of 32 in the Coupe de France after an impressive performance on Saturday against Bourg-en-Bresse (0-7) and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue, the course OL hae taken here has been almost perfect. Even if it is true that the "Machine Cup" as Raymond Domenech called it, is not the most prestigious of competitions, it remains a trophy to be won for the players of Rudi Garcia, who have not won one since the Coupe de France in 2012.
Reasons to believe in this last edition
There is never an "easy" draw when facing a Ligue 1 Conforama club, as we know well the competitive balance of our championship. However, we can speak of a rather lenient draw for Lyon with a match against Toulouse who are having a terrible season (last in the championship, 5 points off the drop) and against Brest, a promoted side who fight every week weekend to maintain their place in the top flight. Beyond the opponents, OL have also had the chance to play these two matches at Groupama Stadium, which avoids further trips but above all, allows them to have the support of their fans.
Perhaps this represents a new opportunity for the young players of Lyon to shine after their convincing performances against Toulouse before the break and Bourg in the Coupe de France on Saturday. If successful this Wednesday, Lyon would progress to the last four of the competition and could hope to take their revenge against PSG after defeat in the final in 2014.