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OL - Rangers FC : Continuing the return (8.45 p.m. live on OLTV / OL Play)

Published on 15 July 2020 at 7:00 AM
OL - Rangers FC : Poursuivre la montée en puissance (20h45 en direct sur OLTV/OL Play)
This Thursday, OL will start the Veolia Trophy with a match against Glasgow Rangers FC. This clash with the Scottish team raises the team's level of preparation a little more before the upcoming big matches against PSG and Juventus.

The context

Rudi Garcia’s players returned to training on June 8. Since then, they have played two friendly matches against Port-Valais (12-0) and Nice (1-0) and have completed a training camp at Evian. This early start to the preseason aims to put OL in the best conditions for the two most important matches of its end of the season: the Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG (July 31) and the Round of 16 Champions League return leg against Juventus (August 7). Even if it is a friendly, the Veolia Trophy remains a competition and OL will need to be at match speed to best deal with its next fixtures.


The challenge

The Veolia Trophy will only be contested on two dates: July 16 and 18. Each team will only play two matches and the tournament is a mini-championship. Thus, no added time or penalty shootout is planned in the event of a tie between two teams. Therefore, each point counts and the result of the first match could already define the position of the clubs by the second. In their desire to regain the intensity of competition, OL will therefore be ready: if it wants to win this tournament, it will be necessary to hit the ground running in the first seconds of the match.



The opponent

Steven Gerrard’s team does not have the imperatives of OL and will play its first friendly of the preseason with this  match in the Veolia Trophy. In Scotland, the season was in its 30th round when  COVID19 hit the world and ended the league. Rangers finished 2nd, 13 points behind their eternal rival, Celtic. With talented players in their ranks, especially in attack (Defoe, Hagi, Kent), Rangers should not be underestimated. Their season resumes on August 1 with a trip to Aberdeen, they will also play further friendly matches (Nice on July 18, Motherwell on July 22, Coventry City on July 25) and will also be looking for match fitness.



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