The shock: OL-OM, an « Olympico » without a net
For OL and OM, the Sunday night poster already looks like a turning point in the season. The Lyonnais, crushed 4-1 in Rennes before the international break, must win so as not to find themselves stuck in the race for Europe. For the time being seventh, Peter Bosz’s men would find themselves seven lengths from OM in the event of defeat.
The preparation of Gones, truncated by the numerous absences of internationals, was also disturbed by the surprise statement of his sporting director Juninho: the Brazilian announced on Wednesday on ‘RMC’ that he was considering leaving OL at the end of the season.
For Marseille, who has not won in Lyon in the league since 2007, this shock is an opportunity to give relief to a mixed start to the season. In danger in the Europa League, the fourth in Ligue 1 struggles to follow in the league, with only two victories in his last eight meetings.
The number: 326
Lionel Messi played 326 minutes in Ligue 1 since his resounding signing at PSG in August, but his very first goal in the French Championship is still pending.
Already decisive three times in the Champions League, Argentinian is rare on French lawns, injured during the last trip of the Parisians to Bordeaux (3-2), and discreet during his previous appearances.
However, he disputed the entire Argentina-Brazil match on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, at the end of which the Albiceleste won its ticket for the 2022 World Cup.
Messi could be lined up at home against Nantes (10th) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., four days before a crucial meeting on the ground of Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The player: Jonathan Clauss
Last season, Jonathan Clauss delivered 6 assists in 33 games. This season, the series passer of RC Lens, second in Ligue 1, only needed 13 days to equal this total, before the trip to Brest on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
The name of Jonathan Clauss returns more and more when discussing potential candidates for the France team, while the system used by Didier Deschamps gives pride of place to « pistons », a position in which the lensois side is often used by Franck Haise.
« He is one of the players we follow, with his characteristics », confirmed Deschamps of the 29-year-old, whose age and inexperience at the international level can be a drag.
« Playing in the European Cup is not a criterion in itself, it is a question of competition too, estimated the coach of the Blues. I have always incorporated, at one time or another, new players. ( …) If I feel it’s the right time, I will« , he launched, fueling the hopes of Jonathan Clauss to one day wear the prestigious blue jersey.