Beaten during the last two clashes in Lyon, PSG can break this bad series and widen the gap in the standings, Sunday night.
Four days after the demonstration against Real Madrid in the Champions League (3-0), it is another challenge that awaits Paris-Saint-Germain in the league. The Parisians (first in the ranking) move to Lyon (8e four points), Sunday evening (9 pm), closing of the 6e Ligue 1 day. And Lyon may have a little trouble in recent weeks, this trip could be much more complicated than announced for Neymar and his teammates.
As we had already written two years ago, Lyon is one of the least successful cities in Paris since its acquisition by the sovereign fund Qatar Investment Authority in May 2011. At the time, there were already two victories Lyon and two draws for only two victories in Paris: it was then already one of the worst ratios of the ogre in Paris, traveling in Ligue 1 since summer 2011.
The record has since worsened PSG side, since the men of Jean-Michel Aulas won the last two confrontations in their enclosure. After a victory won by Memphis Depay in the last second in January 2018, OL had won thanks to a penalty Nabil Fekir a little over a year later, in February 2019.
These two defeats of the PSG on the same score (2-1) carry the balance sheet to four wins Lyon, two draws and two victories in Paris under the Qatari era. No team in Ligue 1 has accumulated as many victories on their home ground against the Parisians in the last nine seasons.
"Another Champions League match"
So inevitably, even if PSG recited his football against Real, when Lyon stammered his face Zenith St. Petersburg, the Parisians expect a delicate match, as recalled by their coach, Thomas Tuchel.
"It was difficult last year. We have to play a match with our best level. I'm waiting for an OL in top form. This is a great opportunity for them to show that they are capable of doing better than the last matches. It's an atmosphere not easy. It's a big challenge. It's a rivalry, it's special matches. After Real is another Champions League match. It is necessary to grow, to improve. I'm sure you can win, but I'm sure it will be difficult. "
Especially since PSG come out of a grueling match against Real Madrid:
"The match afterwards is always difficult. It is very demanding to play against Real Madrid, physically and mentally. It is important to refocus; it can be difficult, it will be difficult Sunday. "
Not to mention the fact that the club of the capital will have to do without many of its executives. In front, Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappé are all packages. Colin Dagba, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Pablo Sarabia are also absent for this meeting.
A Lyon in doubt
Conversely, Lyon will be complete, but that does not mean that we know who will start the meeting. The OL may have shown an impressive face early in the season (two wins XXL Monaco (3-0) and Angers (6-0), the first two days), the Rhone club has not won a only of his last four games, and several players have disappointed since the beginning of the season.
What to raise some doubts after having hinted a lot of hopes. The Lyon coach, Sylvinho, was nevertheless reassuring, as if he was convinced that with a little more respect of the instructions, everything would be corrected.
"We know it will be difficult. It is better to build the game and not have a team cut in half. Football is made of liberties, but with order. When you see the PSG, there is madness, but also a lot of order. I hope we will make a great match. "
In front of his public, OL knows that the occasion is perfect to revive his season. In case of defeat, the Lyonnais already point to seven points of the PSG.