As often between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais, the seasons are played on the two confrontations between the ogresses of the female D 1. After the first shock won by the Parisiennes on November 20 (1-0), the Championship verdict will probably be delivered on this return duel. With the only difference that the advantage this time is on the PSG side. “The previous seasons, we used to be behind. There, we are in front, that changes a little, smiles Olivier Echouafni, Saturday in press conference. And that could, for once, be to our advantage. But it will have to be demonstrated on the ground. “
The Parisian coach knows that his players, a small point ahead two days from the end and closer than ever to their first title of champions of France, will be “ready” for the challenge that this last turning point of the season will represent. And has confidence in his group, which has “matured”. “We are leaders, we want to stay that way and achieve a great performance in Lyon,” he assures us. PSG is not yet certain to have all its living forces in Lyon, while its home scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto (hit in the left thigh on May 9) will make the trip but a decision on his participation will be taken Sunday.
“We knew that there could be a form of destabilization”
The same goes for his Brazilian quadra Formiga, affected at the beginning of May against FC Barcelona, during the semi-final second leg of the Champions League, but which is “not yet 100%”. Not enough to disturb Echouafni, who has already beaten OL twice this season (in the first leg in the Championship and in C1 quarterfinals) and must also do with the official departure of his goalkeeper Christiane Endler for OL at the end of the season. “We knew that there could be a form of destabilization, we do not want to go into that in any way. We are in the present. (…) The girls are keen to be rewarded, to make their very good season a reality with a collective trophy. “
Same story on the side of Grace Geyoro, stung by the statement of Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor earlier in the day – “The end of OL’s reign is not yet for now”. “It’s normal that they are confident, but we know our qualities and we know our season. We prepared well, we will not let go, assures the 23-year-old international midfielder. They will want to seek us out, since we are the leaders. It’s up to us to be solid. It will be necessary to put the slightest opportunity at the bottom. We will have to be killers. On both sides, the shock has already been launched.