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PSG - OL: First place in sight

Published on 12 December 2020 at 8:30 AM
PSG - OL : La première place en ligne de mire ?
Olympique Lyonnais heads to the Parc des Princes for one of the big matches of the league season, to conclude the 14th Matchday of Ligue 1. After four wins in a row, Lyon can now aim higher, and even set their sights on first place , in the event of a win and positive results in other matches.

The context

Four consecutive wins, a defined style of play, their top scorers in good form, it has been a long time since OL had approached a game against PSG with such confidence. Deprived of European play this season, the Lyonnais must be content with these big matches in the league before taking part in European competition again. Against the leaders, Rudi Garcia's men will not start as favorites, but the current form and their physical freshness will be all necessary assets if they hope to bring down PSG.

 

The challenge

Now that OL are a part of those battling at the top of the league, they can afford to aim higher, and the stakes for this trip to Paris will be nothing less than the position of league leader. And what better way to build confidence than to win away to the current league leader in order to take their place atop the table? It's a ranking that only LOSC could possibly share with OL if they win against Bordeaux a few hours before Les Gones kick off. Honor will also be at stake since the Lyonnais have not won at the Parc des Princes since 2007, and remain stuck on five defeats away to the Parisians in the league.

 

The opponent

The current leader of Ligue 1, PSG look less assured than in previous years. Already beaten three times domestically and having played a demanding European fixture list, Thomas Tuchel's men have lost some of their air of invincibility in recent months. Unrelenting against the teams in the middle or at the bottom of the table, the capital club has also experienced certain difficulties against the better  sides as shown by the defeats against Marseille and Monaco, as well as a draw conceded at home against Bordeaux. However, despite these setbacks, PSG are still the current leaders and have the best attack and defense in the championship, proof, as if any more is needed, that Lyon will have to be at their best to obtain a positive result.

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