Tenth in Ligue 1 ten days from the end with 41 points on the clock (11 wins, 8 draws, 9 losses), the Rhone club will have a hard time snatching a European place through the championship this season. Laurent Blanc knows it perfectly, this 29th day of Ligue 1 could also take his team even further away from a ticket or Europa League or Conference League. A priori, OL will have to bet everything on the Coupe de France and will play the most important match of their season (so far) next Wednesday at La Beaujoire against FC Nantes in the semi-finals of this competition.
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🎙 Coach Laurent Blanc is at a press conference two days before #PSGOL : “The Park is one of the good memories. It was the stadium of the national team before so we played there many times. It’s a pleasure to go back there. It will be a good match on Sunday.”
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) March 31, 2023
White admires Mbappé
Asked about Kylian Mbappé this Friday at a press conference, the Lyonnais coach was dithyrambic. “I think nothing but good things about him, I don’t think there are many people who think badly of this player, in footballing terms. What I like is that he is a player who is sure of himself. Some see it as pretension, but it’s a strength. A very great strength. He knows, when he decides, that he is strong, and even very strong”dropped the technician of the Rhone club.
A mandatory collective response
Blanc hopes his team will make a perfect copy collectively at the Parc des Princes to hopefully thwart the plans of PSG and their star striker. “When you have a player like that, for a coach, for a club and for the fans, it’s still great. But football is still played at eleven, so we have less collective means to slow it down. But he’s very hard to brake when he’s at his peak, he’s under constant surveillance. The problem in Paris is that we can only monitor Kylian”warned the Lyon coach in front of the media.