Both sides were eliminated from European competitions this week. If in Lyon’s case it wasn’t much of a surprise, for PSG the result was disastrous especially given the 3-1 advantage from the first leg.
Although Lyon lost both games against Juventus the actual display in the field was not that bad. They seemed very active and determined both in France and in Italy.
Recently Lyon had to do without a couple of important players, absences that affected both the defense and the building phase. Only a couple of them returned, but by now Lyon learned to play without them. Of course the difference in quality is huge and especially without Grenier and Gourcuff in midfield Lyon rely solely on Lacazette taking actions on his own.
Fullback Lopes is also heavily missed as he was very active in the attacking phase as well.
There are small chances for Lyon to welcome back midfielder Grenier and defender Dabo. On the other hand keeper Vercoutre will miss through suspension.
Bitter pill to swallow for PSG after Chelsea eliminated them from Champions League. But what many serious analysts said proved to be true. Chelsea was actually the first powerful opponent PSG played against since putting together the super stars team. Also another important aspect is the lack of a decent replacement for Ibrahimovic. Since Cavani arrived he played mostly on the wing where he appears to feel more comfortable than in the center. Converting him to a sole striker when Ibrahimovic is not available is not exactly an ideal solution. Ibrahimovic will also miss against Lyon.
Besides the final of the French Cup (also against Lyon) due to be played next week, the season is over for PSG. This first encounter will be more like studying the opponent before the real clash. Also PSG’s low morale and the 13 points advantage at the top of Ligue1 could make them softer than usual. Lyon lack creativity, but PSG may lack willpower.
UPDATE: No last minute changes in the squads.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Bisevac, M.Dabo, B.Koné, Umtiti, Tolisso – Danic, Ferri, Gonalons, Malbranque, Mvuemba – B.Gomis, N’Jie, Fekir, Briand, Lacazette
PSG: Sirigu, Douchez – Alex, Camara, Digne, Jallet, Marquinhos, Maxwell, T. Silva, Van der Wiel – Cabaye, Matuidi, T. Motta, Pastore, Rabiot, Verratti – Cavani, Lavezzi, Lucas, Ménez.