Women’s Champions League: OL-PSG, the long-awaited clash of “best enemy” teams

Christopher Fillocque / Photo credit: Antoine Massinon / A2M Sport Consulting / DPPI via AFP

This Saturday evening at 7 p.m., OL host PSG in the semi-final of the Women’s Champions League. A highly anticipated match, even if the two teams are used to facing each other on the European scene. But Lyon will have to do without three of its major players.

Nearly 40,000 spectators. Lyon is preparing to break a new attendance record this Saturday evening for women’s football. OL host PSG in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, kick-off will be at 7 p.m. A meeting eagerly awaited by the supporters, and a question of supremacy for the two clubs which have never been so close.

Fratricidal duel, 100% French, between the two flagship teams of the French championship: Lyon, first, and PSG, second. For the seventh time, the “best enemy” teams will face each other on the European stage. So, in view of the latest oppositions between the two teams and the experience, Lyon leaves with an advantage over its Parisian rival and the Parisian coach, Jocelyn Prêcheur, is well aware of this. “They have a little more experience than us in this type of meeting. They also have a larger squad than ours. Now, we also have our qualities and that is what we will have to express”, insists the coach.

Elisa de Almeida and Lieke Martens return with PSG

Undefeated for 24 matches in all competitions, the Parisian players will try to capitalize on their momentum to thwart the Rhone plans. PSG will be able to count on the returns of defender Elisa de Almeida and attacker Lieke Martens. On the contrary, Lyon will have to do without Eugénie Le Sommer and certainly without Delphine Cascarino and Ada Hegerberg.

Exited in the quarter-finals by Chelsea last season, the Lyonnaises are looking for revenge and hope to recover a crown abandoned to FC Barcelona. The two teams therefore have arguments to put forward in this clash at the top which promises to be thrilling between the two behemoths of French women’s football.

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