Franco-French shock in the semi-final between Paris and Lyon

The Parisiennes find their best Lyon enemies for a semi-final that they will approach as outsiders.

After the tears of Lisbon, the smiles of Bilbao for PSG? Three days after its defeat in the Champions League final against Bayern, the capital club returns to European games. But this time, it’s his women’s team that is in contention. The Parisians face Olympique Lyonnais tonight at 8:00 p.m., in a Franco-French C1 semi-final. A meeting that the daughters of Olivier Echouafni will approach as outsiders.

Because this Wednesday, PSG will face a real European ogre. From its six victories in the Champions League, OL has established itself as the legitimate favorite of the meeting, and of the competition. Better still, the Lyonnaises are holders of the last four Champions League! “It’s quite logical that OL are favorites. The Lyonnaises have a lot of experience, but we’ve been working very well for some time too, advance the Ile-de-France coach. We feel ready and we will be present “.

The two teams meet again 18 days later

Lyon will put on their favorite clothes tonight, especially since a three confrontations against PSG this season, Wendie Renard’s teammates have won three times. Their last success to date, August 9 in the final of the Coupe de France. In Auxerre, the Lyonnaises won on penalties (0-0, 4-3 tab) after dominating the game without realizing their opportunities. But for Olivier Echouafni, it’s a whole different game that will take place tonight at the San Mamés stadium. “It’s a whole different competition. The Champions League requires a lot of pace, intensity. We prepared well. Despite this defeat, everything serves us in our learning”, estimates the technician.

Final of the Coupe de France 2020: PSG – OL

PSG can also be reassured with a statistic in its favor. The Parisiennes are the last players to have Lyon fall in the Champions League. It was in… 2015 during the round of 16 of the competition. Paris thus won 1-0, before finally failing in the final against FFC Frankfurt. A feat that the daughters of Olivier Echouafni will therefore hope to reproduce this evening, with the idea firmly anchored in them that the gap with the Lyonnaises is no longer as great as it was in the past. “The last meetings against Lyon were played on very small details. We believe in ourselves”, advances the Parisian Signe Bruun. “We try to work in stages. Our group has reached a milestone in terms of maturity and automatism in the game”, supports the Parisian coach.

A group that has taken a step forward, like Marie-Antoinette Katoto who carried her team to the quarter-finals on August 22. Against Arsenal, the 21-year-old opened the scoring in the 15th minute of play, her fifth goal in three C1 matches, before delivering an assist on the second Parisian achievement. A full match for the one who had long been criticized for his lack of realism in the matches at stake. “The players are able to let go collectively and individually, like Marie. We are able to pose problems for Lyon and put them in difficulty”, augurs the Parisian coach.

At stake therefore, a qualification for the final of the Champions League for PSG who has already reached this stage of the competition in 2015 therefore, but also in 2017, without ever succeeding in winning. The road to European summits goes through a feat tonight against Lyon, before returning to Wolfsburg or Barcelona.