The last French clubs participating in European competitions this season, Lyon, in the Europa League, and Marseille, in the Europa Conference League, play the quarterfinals this Thursday. Respectively against West Ham and PAOK Thessaloniki, OL and OM are deprived of important elements.
OM and OL aim for a European Cup semi-final this Thursday
Lyon and Marseille have an appointment with Europe this Thursday (9:00 p.m.). Aspiring to the final victory, respectively in the Europa League and the Europa League Conference, Lyonnais and Marseillais will try to win their qualification for the semifinals.
Lyon will have to be more efficient
Disappointing 10th in Ligue 1, OL is betting almost everything on the Europa League at the end of the season. But after a frustrating draw in the first leg (1-1), Les Gones will not have it easy against West Ham. Outnumbered throughout the second half a week ago, Peter Bosz’s men had failed to clinch 6th place in the Premier League despite their dominance (68% possession, 23 shots 5). Will they be able to do it tonight?
Many times it’s easy to say ‘you have to score’, but when you have so many chances… We can do some things better , declared the coach of Lyon to the press. Lyon will have to do better in the last gesture in particular. In the first leg, Lyonnais had only scored 3 of their 23 attempts. Without his attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá, ill, nor his goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, injured, Bosz will have to review his starting eleven. Romain Faivre could prefer Houssem Aouar behind Moussa Dembl, leaving the right lane to debutant Tet.
Lion : Pollersbeck – Dubois, Denayer, Lukeba – Emerson – Thiago Mendes, Ndombele – Tet, Faivre, Ekambi Store, Dembl.
West Ham: Areola – Fredericks, Diop, Dawson, Johnson – Soucek, Rice, Fornals – Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma.
A boiling comeback for OM
At the end of the season, OM is showing its goals: finish on the podium in Ligue 1 and win the Europa League Conference. If the former is on the right track, with 2nd place and a 7-point advantage over 4th, the outcome is more uncertain on the European scene. Having failed to fully realize their sweeping dominance in the first leg (2-1), the Marseilles offered themselves a dangerous trip against PAOK Thessaloniki’s seething crowd.
Apparently there is a very warm atmosphere here, but we play football to experience moments like this, to play in stadiums like this. It’s up to us to stay calm, cool-headed, keep our lead in the first leg. warned goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who will make his third consecutive start. His coach Jorge Sampaoli will have to compose without Gerson, Boubacar Kamara and Bamba Dieng, suspended, but also without Arkadiusz Milik, still injured. Dimitri Payet could be lined up at the forefront, surrounded by Cengiz nder and Amine Harit.
PAOK: Paschalakis – Lyratzis, Ingason, Crespo, Vieirinha – Augusto, Kurtic – Zivkovic, El-Kaddouri, Biseswar – Akpom.
Marseille : Mandanda – Lirola, Saliba, Caleta-Car, Peres – Rongier, Gueye, Guendouzi – nder, Payet, Harit.
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