The shutdown of Ligue 1 is necessarily detrimental for PSG and OL when the two clubs have to compete in August, the continuation and end of the Champions League.
Four years after his heartbreaking elimination against Manchester City, a failure that had cost his place to Laurent Blanc even though the Cévénol had just extended his contract, PSG is back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. But almost three months have passed since the memorable victory of Thomas Tuchel’s troops against the Borussia Dortmund (2-0) in an empty Parc des Princes and the C1 is still at a standstill.
If it seems certain that the European Cups will resume next August, UEFA will give itself until June 17 to find the right formula to allow the Champions League and the Europa League to go to their term in less than a month. And this while some eighth finals remain to be played. The organization of a Final 8 organized in a single city seems to hold the rope.
PSG has nevertheless a certainty: the champions of France will leave with a clear disadvantage on its adversaries. The fault with the stopping of Ligue 1. While the other teams in the running could take advantage of the end of their championships to go up to speed, the Red and Blue will have to be content with friendly matches organized abroad as well as two League Cup and French Cup finals to prepare. And it will probably be worse forOlympique Lyonnais, which will only have the final of the League Cup in its legs before finding the Juventus Turin for the return match of the round of 16.
An obvious disadvantage
“For me it’s a disadvantage because, first of all, it’s not a classic one month stop that we’re talking about but two or two and a half months For me, it will take even longer to get back to cruising speed, explained Bixente Lizarazu in his column for the Youtube channel of Telefoot, Liza’s eye. The danger for Lyon and PSG is to have players who will have fluctuating states of form. They will be fine one week and not so well the other week ” An opinion shared by Raymond Domenech, for whom the two French representatives will “in trouble”.
Interviewed by RMC Sport, Paolo Rongoni, OL’s physical trainer, said he expected the return match against Juventus to be two months before the Lyonnais could be level. “The recovery must be very gradual. It will take time to gain momentum. There will be a first block of work which will be very heavy and important. We will then have to cut to breathe a bit and start again on a second part which will bring us to a simulation of matches ”, he detailed, adding: “You can only find running speed and other reflexes by playing games. I got in touch with colleagues from other sports who are used to long preparations. “ The task looks tough.