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It would be a good idea!

Published on the 23 November 2010 à 19:02 by R.B

Lyon can qualify in a number of different manners on Wednesday night… Attention however in regards to this Schalke 04 who have refound their flair and who also hope to make the last 16 of the competition…

A success for OL would ensure the qualification and first place in the group on the evening of this 5th group stage match, a draw would mean automatic qualification without ensuring first place. Finally a defeat in Germany associated with a defeat of Benfica in Israel would also be "rewarded" by a qualification. Lloris and his team-mates have choices this Wednesday night...

Engaged in a superb recovery in the L1, the Olympians could prepare in the best possible manner the big game against PSG this Sunday evening, by getting a result at the Arena Aufschalke. If the seven-time champions of France show the best side of their character, they have serious reasons to be optimistic. However there can be no question of repeating the performance of certain periods such as Benfica, Lens, Rennes... A punishment could arrive at the end.

Schalke 04 do not really have much choice. With 7 points and a final match in Lisbon, Neuer and his partners know that success is almost mandatory to stay in the race for the last 16, with the assumption that Benfica will win away to Hapoël. Certainly, there are various possible scenarios for the German team depending on the performance of the team from Lisbon in Israel ... and then their ability to do something at the Estadio de la Luz. But it would be best to avoid getting into an impossible situation!

Schalke know that they can count on their tandem Huntelaar-Raul which has finally started to rack up goals over the last few matches. Schalke, who are in better form in the league are still 12 points from the podium.

In the absence of Cris, Delgado, Ederson, Grenier, it would be surprising to find any shocks in Claude Puel’s starting line-up. In Lens, we saw the importance of Lisandro, Gourcuff. Bastos should return on the flank. There remains a place in midfield where Makoun scored points against Lens.

OL are 90 minutes from an eighth successive qualification for the last 16 of the competition. It would be a good idea to leave Germany with this ticket. This would avoid asking too many questions before the match against Hapoël on December 7th... and would allow them to head into the top of the L1 table matches against PSG and Montpellier with greater ease of mind.