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Rennes-OL: A clash to confirm our status (9 p.m., Téléfoot)

Published on 08 January 2021 at 6:00 AM
Rennes – OL : un choc pour affirmer son statut (21h sur Téléfoot)
OL travel to Rennes for Matchday 19 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Now the soleleaders, the Lyonnais face a massive test in Brittany from the league's 4th-placed side and an opportunity to put the evening's opponent's aspirations at bay.

The context

Since Wednesday the 23rd of December there is no longer any doubt. Fall champion on goal difference, OL are now alone at the top of the table. With a tenth victory in 12 games, Lyon are now three points ahead of their closest pursuers. In impressive form since October, driven by the sparkling Lucas Paqueta, they did not tremble against Lens (3-2) unlike Lille, who were defeated, and Paris, held to a draw. It is therefore with full confidence and a lot of certainty in their play that they head this Saturday to Rennes, another competitor for the European places.

 

The challenge

Accustomed not to missing any opportunities, as they had on Wednesday night, Rudi Garcia's men could strike another big blow three days later, this time in the race for the Champions League. A win at Stade Rennais would allow them to see their opponent on the day drop to ten points behind -- with a significant goal difference this would all but eliminate a rival in the fight for the podium. The ambition will obviously also be to consolidate the team's position in top spot.

 

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The opponent

The Breton club have experienced a wide range of emotions during this first part of the season. Between the excitement of playing for the first time in the Champions League and the disappointment of a tough lesson, finishing in last place with just one point. Between the euphoria of a strong start in Ligue 1 Uber Eats and the brutal disillusionment that accompanied a poor run of form, it has been an uneven season, but since December 13, Julien Stéphan’s team has recovered with four straight wins and most recently a draw against Nantes on Wednesday.

 

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