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OL-OM (CDF) : An Olympico to get back on track (21h05, on France 3 and Eurosport 2)

Published on 12 February 2020 at 12:00 PM
OL-OM (CDF) : Un Olympico pour se remettre en route (21h05, sur France 3 et Eurosport 2)
After an encouraging defeat against PSG on Sunday (4-2), Olympique Lyonnais face Olympique Marseille at Groupama Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France. It's high-stakes match that should keep all of its promises between two teams that will engage in a fierce duel.

The context

OL remain on three Ligue 1 Conforama matches without a win but still have been at their best in 2020. Still fighting on four fronts (Ligue 1 Conforama, UEFA Champions League, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue), the Rhodanien club is one of only three European teams to be competing in four events with PSG and Manchester City. Despite the defeat at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, Rudi Garcia's players offered a good threat in the second period in particular, and put the current championship leader under pressure. They could have even leveled the score in a crazy match if they had shown a more clinical approach near goal. Thus, Lyon are in a slightly less good run of form than at the start of the year but have nevertheless have shown plenty of positives lately.

 

The challenge

The objective of this match is clear: win to continue the adventure! Olympique Lyonnais must get back to winning ways and this match against OM is the perfect opportunity to regain their confidence. A success would allow us to continue our flawless run in the cups and above all to restart a positive run of results. Especially since this match is also a matter of revenge for Lyon, who lost by two goals to one at the Vélodrome in November. A victory would especially allow the Rhodanien side to reach the last four of the competition, and at the same time get closer to a second domestic cup final (OL are already finalists in the Coupe de la Ligue).

 

The opponent

It will be no small task to beat Olympique de Marseille. The Phoceens are having their best season in many years. Currently second to Paris Saint-Germain, the players led by André Villas-Boas have had a superb season and, despite a recent slump, are still managing to win matches, notably under the impetus of Dimitri Payet, who almost carries the team by himself when Marseille's collective play goes poorly. This match promises a beautiful duel between two teams who both claim to be "the only Olympique"


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