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PSG - OL (CDL) : More than a title at stake (21h10 on France 2 and Canal + Sport)

Published on 31 July 2020 at 12:00 PM
PSG - OL (CDL) : Plus qu'un titre à aller chercher (21h10 sur France 2 et Canal + Sport)
This Friday, OL will finally return to competition with the Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG at the Stade de France. Beyond winning a trophy, which would be a first since 2012, this meeting could define the future of Rudi Garcia's team on the European stage.

The context

Toulouse, Brest, Lille: these are the three teams that OL defeated last winter to advance to the final of the last Coupe de la Ligue in history. In the meantime, COVID-19 has emerged and caused the world and football to take a break for a few months. Following the League’s decision not to resume the season, this final will be OL’s first official match since March 8 and a defeat in Lille in the league (1-0). PSG have resumed competitive play a week earlier with their victory in the Coupe de France against St-Étienne (1-0).

 

The challenge

For OL, the stakes in this match are immense. The club is chasing a first title since 2012 and the Trophée des Champions won in New York against Montpellier (2-2, 4-2 tab). While this quest is already an important goal, Les Gones have a lot more to win than just a cup. At the end of the season, OL had finished seventh in Ligue 1, outside of the European places. Having qualified for 23 consecutive season for European play, the seven-time champion of France will do everything not to break this impressive and long series. A win in this match could open the doors to the Europa League play-offs for them. Moreover, these two clubs will also soon return to the Champions League with the round of 16 second leg against Juventus for OL (7 August) and the quarterfinal against Atalanta for PSG (12 August). The challenge will also be to increase in their on-pitch intensity ahead of this important fixture.

 

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The opponent

Paris Saint-Germain need little introduction. Thomas Tuchel’s team has been the giant on top of the league for years and boasts some of the best players in the world. Returning to competition last Friday, the Ile-de-France club perfectly negotiated its return to the pitch by beating St-Étienne in the Coupe de France final (1-0). Everything was not rosy however, as Kylian Mbappé came off with an injury. Victim of a sprained right ankle with external ligament damage, the world champion is out for three weeks, a period which includes this final. The absence of a player of this quality is necessarily good news for OL, who have no choice but to play this match as if it were their last. Their 2020-21 season depends on it.

 

 

 

 

 

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