Four months after their last match, the players of Olympique lyonnais handed over the warm-up blue this Wednesday against US Port-Valais (0-12). Less than a month before the final of the League Cup, this meeting marks the launch of the end of the season for OL.
OL players have returned to the training center since June 8 but this July 1 marked a turning point in preparation for the end of the season. Memphis Depay and his teammates played their first game since March 8 and the trip to Lille (1-0). A large 12-0 victory against US Port-Valais (USPV), resident of the 6th Swiss division. This poster against a weaker opponent on paper does not allow lessons to be learned from future team compositions. On the other hand, it made it possible to deliver a first overview of the condition of the troops less than a month before the final of the League Cup.
Rudi Garcia hasn’t made a lot of changes, it will be different against Nice this Saturday. ” There will be a different team “ he said (read here). Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembélé or Bruno Guimarães could make their return on this occasion. Adversity will therefore increase by two notches with this test against the Aiglons. We should know more about the abilities of Olympique Lyonnais and the benefits of this preparation. At the end of this match, the players will have a quieter week before resuming in mid-July with the friendly tournament which is to take place from July 16 to 18.
Still five friendlies to play
Again, the level will be quite high with two oppositions against Glasgow’s rivals, Celtic and the Rangers. Two close matches which the coach should take advantage of to refine his team composition in view of the decisive deadlines approaching. Nice will also be present for this competition but the two French clubs will not compete. The same will apply to the two Scottish teams. The Rhodaniens will once again be on the lawn of the Parc OL for a test against La Gantoise on July 22.
Finally, OL could play a final friendly match on July 24 in Lyon against an as yet undetermined opponent. Then it will be time to plan on the final of the Coupe de la Ligue against Paris Saint-Germain. All this preparation must be used by Olympique Lyonnais to arrive in better physical shape than PSG, which resumed on June 22, for perhaps the most important match of this truncated 2019-2020 season. One of the last chances for the partners ofAnthony Lopes to hang a ticket for the European Cup