This match between Paris and Lyon could be a turning point in the season for both clubs … Two teams who will be weakened by the absence of key players…
Certainly the road is still long to before the end of the championship. But for many reasons, this Week 15 match is a significant turning point for PSG and OL. The club from the capital is in third place, just one point behind leader and has shown a real know-how over the last few weeks that could eventually propel them to the top of L1. Not to mention their great form in the Europa League and Coupe de la Ligue. OL are on their way back from "hell" having taken 17 points out of 21 possible in the last 7 meetings. OL have already validated their ticket to the last 16 of the Champions League and why not a first place finish in the group. Both teams have arguments and should be in a favorable frame of mind to give their all on Sunday.
Antoine Kombouare’s team knows that they can strike a blow by coming to get a result at the Stade Gerland. A victory would put distance between them and OL while undermining the Lyon troops for the remainder of the season. Solid in all departments, having had a full week to prepare, PSG are well aware of their collective abilities but also individual talents in the image of the left foot of Nené, a great provider of points whether he be scoring or playing in assists. There is also the tandem Hoarau- Erding… the former OL players Giuly, Bodmer, Clement. There is the experience of Makelele, Armand, Camara ... The only question mark resides in the absence of Sakho and Chantôme, suspended, absences that could be decisive.
OL have not had the time to breathe after their disastrous performance in Germany. They returned from Gelsenkirchen with a number of knocks including a serious one for Gourcuff who took a blow to his ankle. The former Bordeaux player will be absent just like Cris, not yet able to make a comeback. Claude Puel will have to do without his French international midfielder, a first since his arrival between the Rhône and Saône. And as Grenier is still receiving treatment... what individual and tactical direction will Claude Puel take?
Will the Lyon coach also find the right words to evacuate the 90 minutes played against Schalke 04? A priori, the stakes of the match against PSG should be sufficient for all motivation. This game is indeed a moment of truth for the partners of Toulalan. A prestigious success would validate even more the 17 points taken in the last 7 matches, all the while strengthening OL’s trajectory towards their ambitions.
Lyon's success is expected due to the reasons given. As for how, can one have an idea in advance of what it will be? Unable to rule on this subject, let us just see how the match unfolds. This does not stop us from dreaming about a fantastic 90 minutes ... finished off with these famous three points.