Olympique Lyonnais against Paris-Saint-Germain is the shock of the 30th day of Ligue 1 which will take place this Sunday, March 21 at Groupama Stadium (9 p.m.). A decisive match in the fight for the league title when the two teams have the same number of points, three lengths behind the Lille leader. Here are the multiple challenges of this momentous meeting.
He should start as a substitute, but he’s back. Five weeks after his last match, on February 10 against Caen (1-0), Neymar will return to the field. The Brazilian star of Paris-Saint-Germain is indeed in the group for this trip to the lawn of Olympique Lyonnais and could make his appearance in the second period. “It will be difficult to see him from the start of the match. It’s already good that he can be there“, said Mauricio Pochettino, PSG coach, at a press conference on Saturday March 20.
Neymar’s return before the international break is good news. The Brazilian will have time to prepare as well as possible for the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Bayern Munich (April 7 and 13). And could help this Sunday evening the PSG to overcome its defeat against Nantes (1-2) last week.
Because the PSG, but also the OL, will be keen this Sunday to find the taste of victory. After several weeks of frantic racing to try to grab first place, the two teams stalled last weekend, on the 29th day. PSG lost at the Parc des Princes against the relegated Nantes (1-2), at the end of a worrying performance and even as the Parisians led at the score at half-time.
“We have a less regular course than the other years. Usually at the end of April we killed the championship“Confessed Marco Verratti at a press conference on Saturday. Less dominant than in recent years, PSG already has seven defeats in the league in 2020-2021, more than in any season since the arrival of the Qatari owners at the club in 2011.
OL, for their part, only brought back one point from Reims (1-1) after a match reflecting the irregularity of the Lyonnais since the start of 2021. “We have more chances of winning if we are more consistent, hopefully we will be in the future. There are situations to be better managed“said Rudi Garcia at a pre-match press conference on Friday.
After an indigestible first period, OL recovered after a good second period to hang the draw in the very last seconds against the Rémois. “I hope the second half against Reims will be there“Sunday evening, added Rudi Garcia. What we can only wish for the spectacle of this poster very attractive on paper.
The biggest stake of this shock is obviously the race for the title. With 60 points each, OL (3rd) and PSG (2nd) are three lengths behind the Lille leader. On the side of Lyon and the side of Paris, the objective is therefore to stay in contact with LOSC, the big favorite in their home match against Nîmes (5:05 p.m.).
In the event of a draw between Lyon and Paris, Lille would take a five-point lead at the top of the standings with a victory against the Nîmes. A small gap that could prove decisive just eight days from the end of the championship.