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Between a PSG that has left only crumbs since the start of the season, and an OL that has stagnated and where the situation of Peter Bosz has become more tense in recent days, the poster for Sunday night seems unbalanced . Although it is always in this kind of moment, and against this opponent, that Lyon can make great excitement.

Christophe Galtier can rest easy: he has more than a month left before meeting Tjaronn Chery, Mohammad Abu Fani, Omer Atzili or Frantzdy Pierrot in the Champions League. Because this Wednesday in the Sammy-Ofer stadium in Haifa, these four men and their Maccabi teammates moved, at least for 30 minutes, his PSG. A PSG that only Monaco (1-1) has been able to stop this season; a PSG that since August distributed the slaps (against Nantes twice, Montpellier, but also to Gabriel-Montpied or Pierre-Mauroy); a PSG who passed the first test in Europe (Juve au Parc). But a PSG that still did not leave OM and that, in recent days, experienced some shocks, in front of Brest (1-0) or Israel (1-3). This trip to the Holy Land, accompanied by some clouds, at least made it possible to see for the first time the three stars of Paris Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar sharing a scoreboard in C1.

“We lost twice, that doesn’t happen in a big club like OL” peter bosz

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As for Christophe Galtier, it was the imbalance of his team – and the problematic positioning of his attacking trio in the defensive phase – that jumped out in the first half, as he himself admitted on Saturday in a press conference, before crossing swords with Olympique Lyonnais: “We had ten, twelve very interesting minutes, a big half hour where we struggled. We saw a team block cut in half with unusual technical errors. […] We still have 24 hours to fully analyze all of this. Everything is fine. Everyone wants to play this game, it’s a great meeting. » In the capital of Gaul, before the reception of the mastodon, it was a batch of different problems that awakened the group of Peter Bosz. A formation capable of beating ESTAC (4-1) and Angers (5-0) but also being tied with Moustoir (3-1) or just managing to grab a point from Reims (1-1) , but reduced to ten. And last Sunday, Malo Gusto and his friends lost, in Monaco, like the first shock (2-1). Lyon are yet to win from their bases in 2022-23, and it is starting to show, as Corentin Tolisso points out: “We have to improve on the outside. We haven’t been flamboyant since the start of the season. »

Fifth in Ligue 1, the Rhone team – but denied the European Cup for only the second time in 26 years – is currently behind teams such as FC Lorient and RC Lens, returning from their summer holidays in all dapper. Behind the scenes as well as on the pitch, Olympique Lyonnais is in the dark, and football director Vincent Ponsot – who certainly has not forgotten the poor eighth place last year – took the liberty of mocking the his coach in the local press this week, explaining that. he has every interest in raising the bar – meant to find the podium – before the break imposed by the World Cup in Qatar (mid-November). “We lost twice (right now)that doesn’t happen in a big club like OLBosz told reporters, before Sunday’s poster. Especially since the second loss, we played well. […] For me he is (Ponsot) tells me that we should be on the podium at the end of the season, it’s different than before the World Cup. Nothing has changed for me, it’s normal, this place should be OL. »

Just as the European DNA will always be part of Lyon’s identity, its ability to survive the poster age against the Ile-de-France ogre is an asset with which it will do well to reconnect. Because OL, although used to exploits against the capital club (especially under Bruno Genesio), they have been beaten only once in their last eight games (0-1 in Paris, December 13, 2020) . Since then, poor Tino Kadewere, Sunday’s scorer, has been kicked out for a while. Even Lucas Paquetá, provincial of the previous OL-PSG (1-1), left Ligue 1. “This is a big challenge for us. We showed last season that we can play well against them. , Poses Bosz. All is not lost between Rhône and Saône, as is Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored the same number of league goals this season (four) as he did in 30 appearances last season with Arsenal. Even if we see him really raise his voice, we’ll have to wait a little longer.

By Jeremy Baron

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