Sports Mole premieres Friday’s Coupe de la Ligue final between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, including team news and anticipated lineups.
Paris Saint Germain go to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue with Lyon Friday night trying to conclude a triple home for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Meanwhile, Lyon have to win their last ever game in the competition to earn a place in next season’s Europa League.
After 26 years of existence, the Coupe de la Ligue will close at the end of this week following the decision-makers of French football who choose to reduce the national program.
Although that call was made before the coronavirus pandemic started, it can only be useful to a club like PSG whose priorities lie in three other competitions.
However, the dominant side in the country will want to raise the trophy for the ninth time, adding to the crown of the Coupe de France that they have successfully earned on Saint-Etienne last week.
While far from being the best against opponents who played most of the tournament with 10 men, Thomas Tuchel witnessed his team claim a 1-0 victory courtesy of Neymarstrike in the 14th minute.
The victory had a cost, however, like Kylian Mbappe he suffered an ankle injury that will put him aside until mid-August, subsequently excluding him from the next quarter-final of the Champions League with Atalanta BC.
While another piece of silverware is at stake, Tuchel will use this contest as a way to find a solution for that match, knowing that he ideally needs success in Europe to keep his long-term job.
From a Lyon perspective, this game represents one of two opportunities to earn European football for the next campaign after finishing only in seventh place in Ligue 1.
Rudi GarciaThe team was arguably the biggest defeat when France’s top flight was abruptly halted during the spring, and the situation increased the stakes ahead of the new season.
Letting go to PSG on Friday and failing to win the Champions League would likely leave the club in a position where it should make sales to increase its financial position.
Les Gones has warmed up for this showdown with five friendly games, the last of which took place on July 24 after defeating Antwerp with a score of 3-2.
Form form Paris Coupe de la Ligue in Paris: WWW
Lyon Coupe de la Ligue form: WWD
With Mbappe not in conflict, PSG chief Tuchel should appoint Neymar and Mauro Icardi two in front.
Colin Dagba will almost certainly replace the injured Thilo sweeper right back, while Marco Verratti an advantage can be given in advance Leandro Paredes in midfield.
Powerfully eager to pass competitive playing time to players who lost last week, Tuchel might also remember Pascal Kimpembe is Julian Draxler.
Garcia took the opportunity to try out different tactics during Lyon’s recent pre-season schedule.
However, a back three might be his preferred choice for this contest, with Moussa Dembele is Memphis Depay lined up on offense.
Perspective Melvin Bard is competing with Maxwel cornet for a seat on the left side.
Paris Saint-Germain possible initial training:
Navas; Dagba, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bernat; Di Maria, Verratti, Gueye, Draxler; Neymar, Icardi
Lyon possible initial training:
Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal; Rafael, Reine-Adelaide, Guimaraes, Aouar, Cornet; Dembele, Depay
Let’s say: Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Lyon
With a competitive game behind us, we must support PSG to prevail on Friday night. Although Lyon will be motivated to guarantee European football, it may find it difficult to keep up with the rhythm.