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Melvine Malard during Juventus - OL

Melvine Malard during Juventus – OL (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Back to the wall in this Champions League campaign, OL are making a second trip in a row. This Thursday in Zürich, the Lyonnaises have only one objective: the three points more than ever.

Janice cayman conceded it, the Lyonnaises are not “not used to not winning the Champions League”. Eight-time European champions and defending champions, the Fenottes are far from having started the defense of their crown in the best possible way. The draw had already given a spicy taste to this new campaign with, in particular, Arsenal and the Juventus Torino as opponents and the first two days have demonstrated this. OL will have to roll up their sleeves to get their name back on the list. This goal is still a long way off and has already taken a beating before even halfway through the group stage. With only one point in two games, Sonia’s players Bompastor are already back to the wall and in an obligation to win this Thursday (6:45 p.m.) in Zürich.

“The state of mind is simple, we need to score points in relation to our situation. This match is very important and decisive for the rest of our competition in the Champions League, has declared the coach on Wednesday at a press conference. The deal is clear and we know exactly in what state of mind we come tomorrow. We want to win this match and return to Lyon with the three points.”

Win with or without the way

Between wanting and being able, there is a world of difference and this victory on Swiss soil will not be given in a snap of the fingers. If it displays zero points on the counter, the FC Zurich caused many problems at home for Juventus Turin who had to fight to take the three points on the first day. As has been the case since the start of the season, nothing will be given to OL who still have to deal with a lack of sizethat of Amandine Henry “muscularly affected in the calf after Le Havre”. The winds are contrary between Rhône and Saône but Sonia Bompastor wants his players “show a conquering mindset with a will to hurt from the start” to avoid procrastinating and to be able to regain a confidence that is fleeing the Fenottes, especially in front of goal.

“We get a lot of chances but we lack efficiency. We work a lot in training on different situations, whether it’s shots on goal, against low blocks, crosses. We work specifically with our players offensives. Confidence necessarily plays on the mental aspect. We need matches where our players can score so that that boosts this dynamic of confidence, both personally and for the team.”

Three goals in four games…

Catarina’s Absences macario and Adah Hegerberg continue to be felt over the weeks. We have to go back to the first day of this Champions League to see an OL striker find the net in all competitions. Since the achievements of Melvine Mallard, prolonged during the week, OL only scored three goals in four games with a goal from Wendie Fox and two from Lindsey Horan. If the American has become spearhead of this Lyon team, the lack of offensive weight is clearly one of the reasons for this “bad pass” for Lyon, so to speak, despite a first place in the league. Adam’s shadow Hegerbergwhose return “will be discussed end of December – beginning of January”continues to grow over Lyon over the weeks.

“Ada is a very good player with a lot of quality in the penalty area, who is able to finish the actions. In the last three months of last season, she showed a lot of efficiency and we were able to win the goals set with the Champions League and the championship. We miss her experience and her quality as a finisher today, Bompastor conceded. The players who are in the squad today have quality and are capable of scoring goals. It just takes confidence and I really hope it’s for Thursday.”

Faced with a team of which we ultimately know little but which remains experienced on the European scene with regular participation in the Champions League, OL care more about their game than that of their opponent. “because of our situation and this urgency of points”. If the Lyonnaises want to afford two finals before the hour against Arsenal and the Juventus in mid-December, the goal of 6 out of 6 against the FC Zurich is not expected, it must be an obligation.


FC Zürich – OL: the three points or nothing