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OL and their summer trilogy

Published on 18 August 2020 at 1:00 PM

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L’OL et sa trilogie de l’été
Olympique Lyonnais can boast of being the only European club still competing in the three key European competitions: the Champion's League, the Women’s Champions League and the Youth League. This week, the club is playing for its future in these three competitions during three matches with a strong Germanic connection.

OL in the Champions League 

Rudi Garcia's men got the ball rolling for OL and resumed their European campaign on August 7 against Juventus in their Champions League Round of 16 second leg. It was a big step taken by the players of Rudi Garcia who, despite the defeat (2-1), managed to hold on and qualify for the next round. Memphis' teammates then doubled down on the following Saturday against Manchester City, delivering an unforgettable quarterfinal where Lyon defeated the English giant brilliantly (3-1). This week they are once again tackling a giant in the semi-final: German champions Bayern Munich. The latter have just inflicted a historic humiliation on FC Barcelona (8-2) and will face them a group of Gones who are particularly inspired and who will want to upset the five-time European champions. The match will take place this Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the José Alvalade stadium in Lisbon.


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OL in the Women’s Champions League

All is well on the side of the women's team! After a successful Polish training camp punctuated by three victories against Polish teams, the players of Jean-Luc Vasseur followed it with a victory on penalties against PSG in the final of the Coupe de France. Now focused on the Women’s Champions League, the club hosted the Véolia Trophy at Groupama Stadium, similar to what was organized for the men in July. During this tournament, Lyon easily passed a test against PSV (4-0) and then Juventus (3-0). Now, things start to get serious with the Women's Champions League quarterfinal where they will face Bayern Munich, like their counterparts in the men's team, this Saturday in Bilbao (8pm).




OL in the Youth League 

OL will continue their journey in the Youth League this Wednesday at 3 pm. After eliminating Zaragoza in the round of 32 (1-0) then Atalanta in the next round (3-3, 5-3 pen), the young Lyon side will have a hard time facing RB Salzburg in the quarterfinal. Described by all observers as the most talented team, RB Salzburg are indeed a hefty proposition for OL. In addition, Eric Hély will have to make do without six of his usual holders with the transfers of Pierre Kalulu, Amine Gouiri, Lucas Margueron and the promotion to the first team of Sinaly Diomandé, Melvin Bard and Rayan Cherki. The task promises to be difficult for this U19 group, which will however have to draw inspiration from its elders in order to prove that the impossible is not beyond these Lyonnais.


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